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News release - Issued by Society of Ploughmen

Ploughing a furrow to York

Ploughmen and women from throughout the World will flock to Crockey Hill, near York this September to compete in the 2016 World Ploughing Contest and 66th British National Ploughing Championships.

World Ploughing 2016 takes place on 8th – 11th September but this unique event is not just about ploughing. It’s one of this year’s most important agricultural events but is also a rural spectacular that will appeal to everyone with a love of the countryside and our farming heritage with displays and demonstrations of horse ploughing, vintage tractors and steam ploughing engines.

In the World Contest – the ploughing world’s equivalent of the Olympics - teams are expected from 32 countries, including many European countries and from as far afield as the USA, Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand with many bringing their own equipment to use. At stake are two titles, for conventional and reversible ploughing. Representing England this year will be Yorkshireman David Chappell, a farmer from near Doncaster in the conventional contest and Peter Alderslade, a farmer from Gateshead, Tyne & Wear in the reversible contest.

In the British Championships, competition will be fierce from around 300 competitors from throughout the country, with the hope of winning to represent their country in the 2017 World Contest which will be held in Kenya.
A central part of the massive 500 acre site, which has been loaned by Hobson Farming Ltd, will be taken by a wide variety of trade stands. Many agricultural businesses will be showcasing the latest in agricultural machinery and equipment or promoting their services and a wide variety of shopping stands and crafts will compliment them. Ken Chappell MBE, Executive Director of the Society of Ploughmen, organisers of the event, said, “Enthusiasm from firms in the area is running high with trade stand space being snapped up fast. Our sponsors are both national and local companies and they are giving us tremendous support.”

One Yorkshire company welcomed on board as a Gold Sponsor is Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors who are based at Clifford Street, York.

Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors are proud to give continued support to the British Farming and Food Sector and have an excellent network of agricultural specialists. Senior Director, Jennifer Bartram and her Agricultural Team have advised and supported the local farming and rural community for many years on diverse and varied agricultural, horticultural, land, business and property matters.

Other sponsors of the Championships include Bridgestone/Firestone, Syngenta, Gallagher Group, Friends of Ferguson Heritage, Carter Jonas LLP, S&H Stacey and J Elliott.

On the evening prior to the main event, a Service of Dedication and Blessing of the Plough will be held in the magnificent York Minster with all the world ploughmen attending with their country’s flags.

The British National Ploughing Championships follows on Thursday 8th and Friday 9th with the World Ploughing Contest over the weekend of 10th and 11th October. The trade stands, steam engines, vintage tractor and horse ploughing attractions will be on over all four days.

Visitors will be attending from all over the world and reports in the area say accommodation is already booked up, some being booked for over 2 years.

Further information can be found on or from the Society of Ploughmen on 01302 852469 and you can follow them on Facebook and Twitter.


Further information from:

Sue Frith
Society of Ploughmen, Quarry Farm, Loversall, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN11 9DH
Telephone: 01302 852469 Fax: 01302 859880 e-mail: