Farmers played a crucial role keeping roads open and villages accessible following a weekend of widespread heavy snow across the UK.
Snowploughs were hitched to tractors as farmers up and down the country cleared roads so people could travel and beat the worst of the winter weather.
A snowplough driving through the village was a welcome sight in Shifnal, Shropshire.
— Church Farm B&B (@ChurchFarmShrop) December 10, 2017
Farmers were also drafted in to clear snow in Rhondda-Cynon-Taf, south Wales.
Contractors @prichards1995 with tractor ploughs have been drafted in to support the RCT Gritting crews clear main routes. Dozens of staff have worked around the clock over the last 36 hours pic.twitter.com/soG17etkmn
— Andrew Morgan (@AndrewMorganRCT) December 10, 2017
Joe Stanley, who farms 400ha of mixed enterprises in Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, suggested clearing snow should be considered a “public good”.
— Joe Stanley (@JoeWStanley) December 10, 2017
Farmers are a vital part of rural communities, with many operating council snowploughs on a 24-hour basis as needed, he said.
This helped reduce local authority expenditure, said Mr Stanley.
Agronomist Tim Bullock said local farmers in Gloucestershire had cleared country lanes but main roads that were the responsibility of the council remained blocked.
He tweeted: “Round here the farmers are the only people who have snow ploughed, minor roads clear, main roads blocked.”
Local police in Worcestershire used social media to thank farmers publicly for their efforts in keeping the highways clear.
— Malvern Cops (@MalvernCops) December 10, 2017
They tweeted: “Big shout out to the local farmers we have met who are ploughing roads and transporting district nurses to their patients.”
Essex farmers Ed Ford and Harry Mouland spent the day helping Essex Highways keep the road network and dual carriageways open near the M25 on the outskirts of London.
— Harry Mouland (@Farmer_Mooo) December 10, 2017
Mr Ford tweeted a video showing the snow being cleared.
— Edward Ford (@Ed_Farmer_Ford) December 10, 2017
By Monday morning, the snowploughs were back in the workshop for maintenance, although still on hand should they be needed later.
Ploughs in the workshop for maintenance this morning. Maybe out again later. pic.twitter.com/AxN9e4qenj
— Edward Ford (@Ed_Farmer_Ford) December 11, 2017