Young Berkshire farmer appeals to road users to ‘think about the tractor postman’ during harvest
The harvest takes around seven weeks and Newbury farmer Eleanor Gilbert appealed to motorists and cyclists for their patience and understanding.
During harvest season, you’ll see nearly every farmhand, tractor, combine harvester, trailer and large farm equipment lining up on Britain’s roads.
They move from farm to farm to harvest crops which will then appear in supermarkets, restaurants and all food outlets to feed the population.
Eleanor Gilbert of Rookery Farm, Newbury, said: “Every year we are faced with frustrated and angry drivers who don’t expect to see so many big machines on the road at all times of the day and night.
“But we would like you to support us and help harvest.
“You can help us by not trying to jump between convoys or pass us on narrow roads.”
His appeal to motorists is to allow more time for your journeys over the next seven weeks or so.
She is particularly concerned about motorcycles and cyclists who often enter and exit huge machines and are often invisible to the driver.
Eleanor said: “When we travel in convoy, we all communicate via CB radios, so when we spot a dangerous cyclist, motorbike or driver trying to get around at a dangerous junction, we can try to raise everyone’s awareness.
“We always have an escort driver traveling with the combine, this will display large vehicle signs and is there to warn oncoming vehicles to slow down or even stop as quite often there is no not enough room for the combine and another vehicle.”
Eleanor, who is also known as Berkshire Farm Girl and as a young ambassador for the future of farming, has gained a huge following on social media, said: “Before we go on a trip over the next few weeks, expect some big machines at all times.
“We really appreciate when you can stop and let us through because sometimes we face difficult weather conditions which means we only have a very narrow window to catch a crop.
“Farmers don’t come home for meals during the summer and may sit in machines for very long hours in remote places to bring in the harvest.
“We would love your support to bring back the UK harvest.”
She added: ‘A happy smile or even a piece of cake dropped off at your local farm goes a long way in keeping this hard working industry going during this incredibly busy time.’
She coined the slogan THINK TRACTOR FACTOR.
“Allow more time for your journey, travel slower and let’s make sure everyone gets home safely this summer and the harvest is harvested to put food on your tables.”