A grant by the Trust to Woodlands Farm has provided the opportunity to remember our local men who died in the First World War in a very unique way. The funds have been used to purchase a new tractor, vital for the Farm to be able to continue their work in providing such a valuable community resource for us all to enjoy.
Much of East Wickham and Welling 100 years ago was made up of farms and nurseries, where produce, flowers and fruits were grown for the London markets. Many of the men from East Wickham and Welling had worked on the land before going off to war. As they were called up, women took more of a role in running the farms and nurseries and children had to help too, particularly at harvest time. Half a million horses were also sent to war and this, with the call up of so many farm labourers, led to the need for tractors and the beginning of mechanisation of farms. It is therefore fitting that 100 years on, the Trust has helped to provide a tractor in memory of the men who had worked the land before they lost their lives. The new tractor, is decorated with poppies as a tribute to the men.
To tie in with the grant, and as part of the Trust’s commemorations of 100 years of the end of the war, Woodlands Farm will be running a free children’s event, Tommies and Tractors, on Tuesday 24th July bwteen 11am – 3pm. Find out about food, farming and the courageous creatures of the First World War in a number of fun activities throughout the day, including tractor rides. We will also be running a competition to name the new tractor, so do come along and help us choose. More details about the event can be found on the Farm’s website: www.thewoodlandsfarmtrust.org/
Our thanks to Hannah Ricketts, Education Officer at Woodlands Farm, for organising the event, pictiured with Jeremy Watkins, one of our Trustees, and farmworker Jon Lewis, sitting in the tractor.