The farming industry has united to pay tribute to the NHS and social care workers tackling the coronavirus pandemic.
Across the UK, millions of people lined their doorsteps and windows for a ‘Clap For Carers’ tribute (March 26) to applaud NHS staff and carers.
Now farmers have made their own personal tributes, posting photos and videos in a bid to show support on social media using the hashtags #clapforourcarers and #thankyouNHS.
Mathew Alford, a farmer from South Molton, Devon, showcased his appreciation by organising a 360x130m ’#NHS’ sign to be mowed in one of his grower’s fields, with the help of his friend and fellow farmer John Govier (see main image).
He said: “We are a close community in South Molton and there are lots of wives here who are nurses and doctors working for the NHS.
“It is just nice to do something to make them aware it is not going unnoticed.”
Mr Alford added he had the idea after witnessing other farmers in the country display their gratitude online, which saw Warwickshire farmer William Forsyth and his team, line up two Case IH 535 Quadtrac tractors and two Horsch 12m drills to spell out the letters NHS.
Local joiner and farmworker Edward Atkinson then flew a drone over the team, which recorded aerial footage of the workers wearing masks, standing 2 metres apart in line and applauding together.
Denbighshire sheep farmer Llŷr Jones also posted his own personal tribute on Facebook, recorded in his sheep shed, using cards with messages, which read: “To all the doctors, nurses, carers, GPS, 500,000 volunteers and all the NHS staff that made it work. Thank you. Diolch."
Defra Minister George Eustice utilised the opportunity to pay his own tribute of thanks to farmers up and down the country, working hard to feed the nation.
He said: “There are many key workers that are crucial to the resilience of our country. Our NHS staff will be working harder than ever in the weeks ahead.
“Those of you working to provide the nation with food and other essentials are also delivering an absolutely vital service.”