Wareham & Purbeck YFC & The Purbeck Vintage Ploughing Committee present the 35th Annual Ploughing Match at Warren Farm ( Bere Regis)

This year the YFC were hpoing to raise money to help the Macmillan Nurses. The previous years events raised £1000 each for Bliss, the special care baby charity, and Macmillan Nurses.

The weather was unseasonably hot, the last day of 2011’s memorable ‘Indian Summer’. Mist cloaked the fields at 8 am and by mdday the mercury had risen to 24 degrees celcius.

The social value fo these meetings was easy to see, farmers gathered in conclave, catching up with each other, possibly one of the few such meetings each year.

With vintage tractors you have to do everything manually, setting the depth and width of the plough. 

The key is to produce lines "straight and parallel like a pair of corduroy trousers", and with no weeds or "stubble" showing.

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