Agriculture Students based at the Walford Campus of North Shropshire College (NSC) will be taking part in a 24 hour plough-a-thon in order to raise money for the College’s own charity, the R D Park Trust, named after Walford’s first Principal, Don Park.
The R D Park trust supports students at the College with their studies in terms of helping them meet the costs of travel and course-related study tours such as the three week exchange visit to an agricultural college in New Zealand.
The students will cover around 350 acres of ploughing for this event and will plough solidly for 24 hours in a rota system. The land they are ploughing is owned by Bruce Udale, an ex-governor of Walford. Rae Valley Tractors are donating two tractors with ploughs for the event.
Bruce will pay the same rate as he would to a contractor for the amount of ploughing done, which should come to around £5,000-£6,000. All money will go to the RD Park.
Chris Jones, Director of Walford Campus comments, said: “The students are doing the plough-a-thon for this fantastic trust that supports continuing students with their studies. We are very grateful to Bruce Udale and his family and to the wider agricultural industry who are supporting such a brilliant event.”
The plough-a-thon is part of the wider Autumn Action Event organised by Bruce and his family. This gives local suppliers, farmers, students and visitors the option to view the latest kit and machinery available and provides a great networking opportunity.