A state-of-the-art combine took to the streets of central London for one of the UK’s most historic parades at the weekend.

The NFU teamed up with The Worshipful Company of Farmers and John Deere to encourage the public to back British farming for this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show (November 8), an event watched by millions on TV.

The John Deere S685i, transformed with vinyl graphics depicting the British countryside, was used to demonstrate how food is produced.

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It was driven from Mansion House to St Paul’s Cathedral and on to the Strand, before a return leg along the Embankment and Queen Victoria Street and back to Mansion House.

“This will hopefully show the public that farming has many related industries. If someone watching sees a young girl or boy who is training to be a dairy specialist, a vet, somebody in education, or going down the road of a machinery engineer, this will demonstrate that farming is not just about growing crops.”
Nick Padwick

Eight young farmers accompanied the machine (and a 1946 John Deere Model D tractor, towing the header) to promote agriculture as a modern, vibrant industry that provides a wide range of career opportunities.

Among them was 21-year-old Rebecca Kelsall from Cheshire, who is a finalist in this year’s Farmers Weekly Farmers Apprentice – episode five of which airs next Tuesday (18 November).

The group was also joined by former Farmers Weekly Farmer of the Year and member of the Worshipful Company of Farmers Nick Padwick who said: “This year’s Lord Mayor’s Show was a great opportunity for us to showcase young people, as we had the privilege to engage with eight young farmers coming into the industry.

“This will hopefully show the public that farming has many related industries. If someone watching sees a young girl or boy who is training to be a dairy specialist, a vet, somebody in education, or going down the road of a machinery engineer, this will demonstrate that farming is not just about growing crops.”