Farmers made a big impression at the Lord Mayor's Show last weekend

The NFU brought its Back British Farming message to the streets of London by joining forces with the Worshipful Company of Farmers and New Holland at the 802nd Lord Mayor's Show.

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A massive yellow combine harvester and tractor supplied by New Holland along with eight young farmers from across England and Wales, highlighted the importance of British farming saying how proud they were to produce our food. Ryan, a sheep farmer from Cornwall said: ‘he was thrilled to part of such a spectacle and help fly the flag for British farming and our future farmers’.

It was the 802nd Lord Mayor’s show and the fourth year the NFU has had an opportunity to demonstrate the importance of British food and farming on the streets of London. Over 4 million viewers tuned in to BBC1’s live coverage and around half a million spectators lined the streets of London.

A hamper showcasing British produce was presented to the Lord Mayor which included jams and chutneys made from the best British produce plus flour, sugar and a copy of the Countryside Kitchen cook book.


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Amazing facts

  • The Lord Mayor’s show parade is three miles in length
  • 450,000 people lined the streets of London to watch the parade
  • Food and farming contributes £112 billion to the UK economy
  • A new combine harvester costs £500,000
  • Home-grown food is something the British public is proud of – 89% agree that it’s important to support British farming according to government statistics
  • The new Lord Mayor of London is Charles Bowman – he’s the 690th Lord Mayor
  • The average life of a combine is 10 years, during that period 833,000 tonnes of wheat can be harvested
  • Food and farming is the UK’s largest manufacturing sector
  • The Worshipful Company of Farmers is a modern and progressive City Livery company promoting all aspects of farming and associated activities and promotes excellence within the industry

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