30 August 2002



WE had more than 60 entries for the Farm Attraction of the Year award, a new competition organised by the National Farm Attractions Network and supported by Lloyds TSB, farmers weekly and the English Tourism Council.

It was open to all farm-based attractions in the UK and entrants were divided into those with fewer than 20,000 visitors/year, those with 20,000 to 50,000 visitors/year and those with more than 50,000 visitors/year.

The attractions themselves were judged on their layout, safety, catering and toilet facilities, welfare of livestock, helpfulness of staff and professionalism, as well as the extent to which the attraction provided an enjoyable and informative experience for visitors.

A full write-up on the three winners will appear in the next few weeks in farmers weekly.

Left: Winner of the over 50,000 visitors/year category was Dairyland Farm World near Newquay, Cornwall.

This attraction was set up by Rex Davey (back row, sitting) 27 years ago. Also in the

picture are John Burns

(farmers weekly SW correspondent), Lloyds TSBs David Platt and Bernie Landshoff

(National Farm Attractions Network chairwoman)

plus Dairyland staff.

Stephen Hollins, (second from left) who farms at Hinstock, Market Drayton, Glos was the winner of an Orsi Alpinist 460 hedgecutter in the

recent competition

in FW. Also in this presentation picture taken at the Royal Welsh Show are (left to right)

John Barker from Landmec Pottinger,

UK importer for Orsi equipment, Robert Davies (FWs Wales correspondent) and Robert Pugh from service agents VW Pugh of Church Stoke, Powys.

Above: Winner of the 20,000 to 50,000 visitors/year category was the Playbarn at West Green Farm, Poringland, near Norwich, Norfolk. This activity centre for the under-sevens was set up by Lynn Kidner, here seen receiving her certificate from NFAN treasurer Barry Davies. Also in the picture are (L-R) Playbarn manager Sally Campion-Jones, David Cousins (FW), Jonathan Bowman (chair of East of England Tourist Board) and Bob Pitt (regional agricultural manager, Lloyds TSB).

Above: Winner of the under 20,000 visitors/year category was Staintondale Shire Horse Farm between Scarborough and Whitby on the North Yorks coast, which is run by Ann and Tony Jenkins. In the picture are (L-R) front, Mark Humphries from National Farm Attractions Network with Ann and Tony Jenkins. Rear, David Elliot from Lloyds TSB, Wendy Short, farmers weekly regional correspondent, and David Andrews from Yorkshire Tourist Board.

Look out for the next big competition in farmers weekly. Weve got together with Michelin to offer a mouthwatering McCormick MC115 tractor worth more than £37,000. This 115hp 4WD tractor comes with a 16+12 gearbox with 40kph (25mph) top speed and four powershift steps in each main gear.

The deluxe cab has air-conditioning, digital instrumentation, tiltable and telescoping steering wheel, air seat and eight work lights.

Not surprisingly, the tractor will be shod with the finest rubber on the market – a set of Michelin XM108s to give the best traction and least ground pressure.

The competition starts on Sept 27 and runs for five weeks. Just answer the question each week and fill in the coupon that will appear in the Oct 25 issue.

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