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Open Farm Sunday supported in West Walton

Scores of people enjoyed tours of a fruit farm over the weekend.

Wisbech Contract Farming supported the national Open Farm Sunday event, which celebrates farming and food.

The West Walton farm puts its emphasis on bees within its work.

John Portass said: “It has been in the news lately that bees are going through a bit of a hard time, but as fruit farmers they are very important to us and it is a project which we have been working on for a couple of years now.

“It’s where we get a lot of questions. We sow bee-friendly flowers and have wildfly margins around the orchard, as well as nest boxes and bee hotels.

“It was the first year we have been open to the public and it went very well. The children loved being able to get on a tractor and steer it.

“Last year we did it but it was invite-only. We wanted to keep it low-key so we could learn from it for this year.”

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