16 November 2001

Straw sculptors all in top form…

IT CERTAINLY caught your imagination. Some weird and wonderful creations were entered for the NFU/farmers weekly Straw Sculpture Competition this year.

We were looking for sculptures featuring the British Farm Standard food logo built in a clearly visible spot where they could promote the Buy British message to passers-by.

The winner gets £250 courtesy of the NFU and the five runners-up, also pictured here, each win a pair of tickets for the AgriVision event at Stoneleigh next month.

Phone home… this UFO was eye-catching and novel. It was simple but cleverly designed using different-sized bales and other farm items such as tyres and a cattle feeder. The judges also liked the humour – one of the on-board aliens is carrying a book called Manual of Crop Circles. The entry came from Jemma Cradock, Wareside, Herts.

A combined effort…this combine was built by Axholme Young Farmers Club in South Yorkshire. It shows close attention to detail, with a pile of chaff coming out the back end, corn going into the front and a grain spout. Its been a wet year, we know, but surely this must be the only combine out this late.

Hands up if you love British food… this one, called Three Cheers for the British Food Standard, was a group entry from Grantham, Lincs. Theres precious little to smile about in farming at present, so its nice to see two big, beaming faces.

Taken for a ride…a tractor, a pig and perched on the pig is three-year-old Jacob Key. This entry came from his dad, Ben, from Limpenhoe, Norwich. We particularly liked the use of the tree branch representing a tractor funnel and exhaust fumes.

Flying the flag for farming…this patriotic and grinning entry came from John Armstrong, Armathwaite, Cumbria.

A wizard idea… This one called Parry Hotter is topical with the film based on JK Rowlings best-selling book

now storming the big screen.

It was built outside Fannys Farm Shop, Merstham,

Surrey. Wonder what the Muggles thought!