Strawberries proved to be the biggest draw as jam-maker and fruit grower Tiptree opened its gates to the public as part of Open Farm Sunday at the weekend.

More than 2,000 people - some from as far as Canada - came to enjoy tractor and trailer rides and traditional coach rides to see the strawberry fields at Wilkin & Sons' farm.

They got to see the different methods of strawberry growing including fruit under cover in the Tiptree New Growing System and in long Spanish tunnels.


They also saw its most prized crop - Little Scarlet strawberries - which were on table top stands in the open fields.

Afterwards visitors got to taste different varieties of fresh strawberries or enjoy strawberry jam with a cream tea.

Chris Newenham - joint managing director of Wilkin & Sons - said it was an enjoyable day out.

“Open Farm Sunday 2024 definitely came back with a bang," he said.

"Despite the cooling breeze we saw record numbers attend for what was an exciting day of farm tours, nature walks, strawberry tasting  - Favori being this years pick of the crop - robots and much much more.

"It’s always pleasing to see our teams from across the business engage with the public and to use the opportunity to share our story about how and why we farm the way we do."

Attractions included a Stow Maries flight simulator and an RSPB and Essex Rural Crime team display.