Burghley Park Tractor Drive
A special Tractor Drive event was hosted on Sunday 14th April, 2019 which allowed those who wished to get involved the opportunity to go through the amazing Burghley Park Estate, and then the active Royal Air Force (RAF) grounds of Wittering.
The ‘Drive’ encountered parkland, dirt roads and the internal boundary of RAF Wittering, only once touching a public highway. Just 317 metres of minor highways was utilised, with the remaining 20 mile route completed on entirely private roads.
The day commenced at George Farm, Wothorpe, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 3JP, with delegates asked to arrive at 08.00am ready for the 9.45 am start.
Tractors pulling official trailers were available for spectators to join in the ‘Drive’, however for those who preferred to travel by alternative means, the option of limousine transport from George Farm to the 16th century Burghley House was available.
Guests who took this choice were given discounted entry and greeted with a BBQ and other refreshments, prior to viewing the historic grade property.
All £7,700 proceeds from the event are being donated to The Evergreen Care Trust, which promotes healthy ageing, and the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution, helping farmers in financial distress.
Mick George Ltd, a local quarry operator that has strong relations with the agriculture industry in the region, has been particularly generous in its support of the event. The company donated significant aggregate supplies, financial assistance towards the running of the initiative and waste management support.
All tractor and agriculture enthusiasts were encouraged to join the ‘Tractor Drive’ with any make or model of tractor welcomed, from vintage to modern, so long as it is road legal and on rubber tyres.