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Boothby Pagnell farmer creates giant train out of straw




A Boothby Pagnell farmer has created a giant train out of bales of straw.

Farmer Brian Spence spent three hours building the giant structure for the youngsters at Great Wood Farm Early Years Centre (EYC) to enjoy.

He set to work creating the ‘Great Wood Farm Express’ after a barley field in front of the nursery was combined and made into bales.

Great Wood Farm Express. (15415997)
Great Wood Farm Express. (15415997)

He also used some old bits of wood for the eyes and windows which the staff at the nursery painted. Old tyres and a piece of pipe found in the farmyard were then used to make the wheels.

Manager Kate Robinson said: “It is the first time that farmer Brian has made something like this. We thought it would be a bit of fun for the children to see as they arrive and go home.”

It has already proved to be a huge hit with the children at nursery with many of them going on walks to visit the train and climb all over it.

Great Wood Farm Express. (15415999)
Great Wood Farm Express. (15415999)

Toddlers have also taken their wooden train tracks and shared Thomas the Tank Engine stories on a blanket next to the train.

Emily Webb, who attends the nursery’s Rangers holiday club, is very impressed. She said: “It is fun and really creative. I really like the way that it is made from bales and old tyres.”

The straw train has also proved popular with parents and members of the public.

Kate added: “We often see cars on the drive stopping to admire it. It has definitely created lots of excitement and has sparked an interest in trains from the children. This time of year is such a magical time for the children to learn about farming and where our food comes from.”

Great Wood Farm EYC was set up in 2002 with directors Kathryn Spence and two of her daughters Charlotte Spence and Kate Robinson. Kathryn’s husband, Brian Spence, is the farmer and works closely with the EYC.



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