A group of North Devon farmers clubbed together to create a spectacular piece of land art on the route of this year’s Tour of Britain race, to raise money for Devon Air Ambulance.
The giant work of art, which was more than 45 metres across, took shape in a field near South Molton and involved one 13 tonne excavator, nineteen tractors (old and new), sixteen ATVs and one slurry tanker wrapped in plastic!
It featured moving wheels, pedals and a chain, and was the brainchild of farmer and contractor Alun Sing and NFU South Molton chairman Adam Westaway who put it together with great support from local farmers, South Molton Vintage Rally Club, agricultural dealerships and the YFC.
The tractors and quads were piloted by volunteer drivers who drove round in circles for an hour and a half, and were all in perfect sync as the Tour’s peloton raced by. Unfortunately the helicopter filming the race was grounded due to low cloud, but local drone operator Rupert Brandon-King from Flyonix was on hand to film the spectacle.
The work of art is helping to raise money for Devon air Ambulance, with hundreds of pounds already raised, so if you wish to donate in recognition of this mighty enterprise then please send a cheque to South Molton NFU (payable to Devon Air Ambulance) or use the donate now page on the air ambulance website www.daat.org, making sure you leave a comment mentioning South Molton NFU!
The bicycle will now be entered into the Tour of Britain’s land art competition, where we hope the hard work and creativity involved will be rewarded with a worthy prize.
There was also a strategically placed Back British Farming banner alongside the route.