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Sowing the seeds of success

AMONG the many attractions at The Forest of Arden Agricultural Society’s annual Ploughing and Hedging Match recently was the wealth of information youngsters learned about the Great British countryside.

Pupils from Tudor Grange Primary Academy in Haselor and Albert Bradbeer Primary Academy in Birmingham were the special guests at this year’s match which has now reached its 70th anniversary.

After an enjoyable ice cream, the pupils were given a tour around the show site and had the mechanical term horsepower explained to them by first showing a farm horse and then a 400 horsepower tractor.

“It was important to show the children that a lot of what we eat comes from the land and not a supermarket. “One pupil had not seen a farmer’s field before and others were so enthusiastic by what they learnt on Thursday they fell asleep on the bus on the way home,” said Sue Westmacott, who is celebrating 30 years as show organiser.

For 34 years Clive Matthew has entered the show’s hedge cutting novice category and promised himself that one day he’d win the much- coveted class 1 G A Kohn Cup. Last Thursday Clive did just that but was so excited by his achievement he forgot to pick up his prize money so it had to be posted on to him.

The free annual event was staged this year at Pools Barn Farm, Little Alne, courtesy of Robin and Mary Turney.

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