Ploughing ahead to be crowned world's best

Ploughing enthusiasts will be able to watch some of the world's best in Yorkshire later this year.

The World Ploughing Contest is being staged at Crockey Hill, near York, which will see over 60 contestants from more than 30 nations from around the world compete for the prestigious ploughing title. The championships were last held in the UK in 2000.

World Ploughing 2016 is being held between September 8-11 and the world championships on September 10 and 11 will be preceded by the British National Ploughing Championships at the venue on September 8 and 9, bringing together more than 300 of the country’s best ploughmen and women, who will battle it out for the honour to represent England at the World Ploughing Contest in 2017, which will be held in Kenya.

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Representing England this year are farmers Peter Alderslade from Tyne & Wear and David Chappell from Hatfield, near Doncaster.

Mr Alderslade is the current British National Reversible Ploughing Champion and this will be his fifth attempt at the World Reversible Ploughing Title. For Mr Chappell, this is his sixth attempt at the World Conventional Ploughing Title.

Over the four day event there will also be a variety of other attractions including steam engines, the latest tractors and agricultural machinery and trade stands, as well as historic displays from tractor clubs.

“We are delighted to be bringing the World Ploughing Contest to this country after an absence of sixteen years,” said Ken Chappell, executive director of the Society of Ploughmen, organisers of World Ploughing 2016.

Mr Chappell added: “We’ve put together a programme that will appeal to everyone interested in farming and rural life and there will be exhibits and sights rarely seen together.”

Further information about the event can be found at the website www.ploughmen.co.uk