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This week on Tulip Talk we welcomed Alison Pratt, of the National Farmers’ Union.

We discussed a range of topics including the end of the flower parade, the upcoming Open Farm Sunday and even the weather.

Alison is communications advisor for the East Midlands Region of the NFU. She has worked for the Union for over 20 years.

We spoke of the Lincolnshire Rural Support Network (LRSN), and their latest drop-in centre at Spalding Auction, which opened earlier in May.

The centre offers a health screening, help and advice and operates fortnightly on Wednesdays – designed to help those who work rurally and aren’t able to talk about health issues on a regular basis.

We talked about the Open Farm Sunday event, taking place on June 9 – a national project organised by LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming).

This encourages farmers to open their farms for the day and gives the general public a chance to learn a little of what goes on in the countryside.

This scheme has grown in popularity since its inception in 2006, with last year’s resulting in 335 farms opened to the public.

To hear the full interview, check out the podcast section of our website: www.tulip- – where you can also find the latest community news and events.