Taking over as Farm Manager in 1980 I worked this urban farm using draught horses in keeping with Airfield Farm's heavy horse heritage- not only were the sheds full of horse drawn machinery, but in the stable the painted name plates of the Overend family's farms working horses 'Kitty', 'Nellie' and 'Nora' still hung above each stall.
Continuing this tradition in such a unique environment inspired me to form my company 'Trojan Heavy Horses' which has since seen us undertake every road, field and forest operation that can be done using the might of these magnificent animals.
This year on Saturday and Sunday
September 12 and 13
'Trojan Heavy Horses' will return to Airfield to plough and till a field so it can be set with seed, restoring this farm's unique heavy horse heritage.
'Tilling' the soil is done to produce a good 'tilth', the name given to a fine bed of earth that seeds can grow in. This is achieved by breaking down the large clods of earth (traditionally left exposed over the winter to frosts) which are the result of turning over the grass sod by slicing through it with a plough.
Pages from Henry J Webb's ' Advanced Agriculture' of 1894
For more information on Airfield Farm go to the Blog Archive on the top left of this page and open the November 2008 posting titled 'Airfield Farm'.