Young farmer stages metal detector marriage proposal

A romantic farmer staged an elaborate marriage proposal by letting his girlfriend discover the engagement ring with a metal detector.

Charlotte Brunt and Ben Turner had been spending the day silaging in Somerset when he popped the question on Wednesday 20 May.

Charlotte Brunt and Ben Turner with their dog

Charlotte Brunt and Ben Turner

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“We were on the top of the hill and the metal detector on the forage harvester went off,” Ms Brunt told Farmers Weekly.

“I got out to see what it was and there was Ben with an engagement ring. He then asked me if I would marry him. Of course, I said yes. 

“With us both working on our family farms, this was very appropriate for us. It’s amazing what a metal detector can discover!”

Hand with engagement ring and tractors in background

YFC meeting

The couple, who are both aged 27, met through their local Young Farmers’ club, Ilminster and Crewkerne YFC, and have been together for eight years. 

Ms Brunt studied at Kingston Maurward college for a year before coming back to work on the family farm full time.

She works on the mixed family run farm in Shepton Beauchamp alongside her mum, dad, sister and grandad. They farm beef, sheep and arable. 

Mr Turner has been working full time on the farm since he was 16 and grew up on the family farm.

He runs the family dairy farm with his brother, Tom, milking 280 Holstein Friesians in Hardington Mandeville.

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