A Harper Adams student and his friends are taking to the road in a sponsored tractor drive for charity.

The drive in a vintage TE-20 Grey Ferguson, which begins on 17 June to coincide with Open Farm Sunday, is in aid of the charity Help for Heroes.

With top speeds of 10 mph and a route stretching 2000 miles, the drive is expected to take around 17 days.

The route will take the ‘tractor boys’ from Dover Castle to Land’s End to John O’Groats and finishes in Coventry.

The idea was dreamed up by student Sean Nixon and friends over a drink, proving that grand ideas can have humble beginnings.

He said: “We were looking for a challenge in relation to the ‘Best of British’ theme for this year, and thought that a tractor drive for a good cause was best way forward… of course this brilliant idea was conceptualised in the pub”.

The group have organised the journey with military precision, planning the route, organising a recovery vehicle and trailer and finding sponsors to help cover the costs and support the cause.

Sean said: “Sponsors that have stepped forward include Draper, AGCO and Agriline to help cover costs from fuel to parts to tyres.

Friends have also been on hand to help publicise the charity drive by setting up a website to help with the goal of raising £10,000 for the charity.

You can visit the website here.

Farmers Weekly will catch up with the tractor boys when they embark on their challenge with photos of the journey.