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MORE than 450 people explored an organic beef farm at an open day.

Eames Farm, on Thorney Island, near Emsworth, was opened to the public for the first time and people turned out in their droves to find out about farm life.

The event was supported by Chichester Harbour Conservancy, which looks after the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Visitors were able to taste brisket cooked up by local chef Rosemary Moon.

Many took a farm walk to learn about farming in harmony with nature and lots more jumped onboard a tractor and trailer for an exclusive visit to the nearby army base, which is home to the 47 Regiment Royal Artillery.

Home-made jams and local apple juice were snapped up at the mini food market.

Children were able to get creative and make a felt cow or bird box to take home.

Ali Beckett, organiser of the event from Chichester Harbour Conservancy, said: ‘We were pleased to welcome so many to this beautiful part of Chichester Harbour.

‘We are grateful to all the volunteers who helped make the day a success and look forward to welcoming everyone back next year.’

Eames Farm has been the focus of an innovative project to promote education about farm life.

Last year a run-down stable block was transformed into an education centre.

The centre, called The Stables, was unveiled by Louise Goldsmith, leader of West Sussex County Council.

Scores of schoolchildren have enjoyed trips to the centre to learn about modern farming methods.