NFU asks Bristol Balloon Fiesta visitors to ‘Back British Farming’

The NFU will bring its Discovery Barn to the Bristol Balloon Fiesta for a second year to encourage visitors to support its Back British Farming campaign.

The Discovery Barn will return to the event which attracts more than 500,000 visitors each year. As well as providing an engaging exhibit for families to learn more about farming and where their food comes from, the NFU will also be celebrating the best of British produce.

Visitors can sample local produce from Lye Cross Farm or taste delicious apple juice produced in Somerset at Rich’s Cider Farm. Children can get involved in a host of activities and games, from milking Annabelle the cow to taking home a packet of seeds that they can plant and grow for themselves.

NFU President Minette Batters said: “It is more important than ever that the general public get behind the nation’s food producers and the Bristol Balloon Fiesta is a fantastic opportunity to share our passion for food with thousands of visitors.

“Britain has some of the highest animal welfare and environmental standards in the world and is the third cheapest country for food in the world. When you buy British, you are buying into this and more. You are buying a product that is high-quality, safe and sustainable.”

“We want people to join more than 28,000 existing supporters in backing British farming and putting an apple on our tree in the Discovery Barn to send a clear message that food production in Britain must be championed and prioritised by the Government as we grow closer to the Brexit deadline of October 31.”

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John Swire - Deputy editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer as well as responsibility for the Agronomist and Arable Farmer and Farm Business websites. After 17 years milking cows on the family farm John started writing about agriculture in 1998 and has since written for a variety of publications and has developed a wide circle of contacts within the industry. When not working John is a season ticket holder at Stoke City and also of late has become a fitness freak, listing cycling, swimming and walking as his exercises of choice.