16 November 2001
Star prize for out-of-this-world entry
By FWi staff
A FAMILY of extraterrestrials have appeared in a spacecraft in a Hertfordshire field to lend their support to British farming.
Passers-by have been amazed to see the UFO emblazoned with the “little red tractor” logo and aliens brandishing “Keep Britain farming” placards.
But the mystery of crop circles remains unsolved. This UFO is made of bales and is the winner of the National Farmers Union/FARMERS WEEKLY straw sculpture contest.
Competition winner, 15-year-old Jemma Cradock, from Wareside, was inspired by mysterious crop circles which appeared in Wiltshire.
Jemma, whose father is a farm manager, beat numerous other entries to claim the 250 first prize for her innovative idea.
NFU head of public affairs Diane Lamb said: “We were impressed with Jemmas unique entry and delighted someone so young has taken the time and effort to show their support for British farming and the little red tractor logo.
“All of the straw sculpture entries feature the little red tractor logo, helping to spread the message of the logos connection with British farms.”
The little red tractor British Farm Standard mark is carried on a range of foods in supermarkets throughout the country.
Five runners-up were chosen, and will each receive a pair of tickets to the Agrivision farm business event.
They are Neil Maiklem from Surrey; South Axholme Young Farmers Club from South Yorkshire; John Armstrong from Cumbria; Ben Key from Norfolk; and a group entry from Lincolnshire.