National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

21 June 2014

A major artwork project involving Worth Valley YFC members and famous artists is being showcased on Countryfile this weekend.
Presenter Ellie Harrison and the Countryfile team visited the Club in the Yorkshire countryside to find out more about the Fields of Vision project and to help make some of the ‘land art’.
Members of Worth Valley YFC have spent hundreds of hours creating the artistic designs using grass technology, tarpaulin and hard graft!
Using sketches created by well-known artists, the club has constructed the giant artwork – some measuring more than 100 metres – along the route of the Grand Depart, which marks the start of the Tour de France in July.
It is estimated that the work will be broadcast to a global audience of 3.6 billion people who will be watching the Tour de France.
Former Yorkshire FYFC Chairman Andrew Wood originally had the idea to create the images and has been helping Worth Valley YFC make it a reality – along with partners and sponsors.
Club Chairman Dave Johnson was involved in the Countryfile filming and has spent around 80 hours in the fields creating the artwork.
“It’s a really good thing to be involved with – especially the scale of the project,” said Dave who has met with a lot of the artists. “I met Islamic artist Razwan Ul-Haq who creates art using Arabic calligraphy. I learnt a lot from him about a different culture. Sky filmed me talking to him as well!”
The Club’s efforts have been featured in The Times newspaper as well as in features for Sky, local news reports and Countryfile.
At every viewing site along the route, the Club also gets a mention for their role in making the designs happen.
Joe Holmes, who has just finished his GCSEs and lives on his family farm in Yorkshire, also took part in the Countryfile filming and says he is proud to be part of the project.
“You can actually see one of the pieces from my school and it’s distracting lessons! They were all asking what it was and it was great to say ‘I did that.’ They were all impressed,” said Joe who has been spending his spare time out in the fields with other Worth Valley members. “It’s fantastic to be recognised locally for what we have done, but also by the billions that will be seeing our work worldwide during the tour de France.”

The final three artworks will be made over the next 10 days and neighbouring Yorkshire clubs Calderdale YFC and Holme Valley YFC are also helping with the installation of these artworks.

Watch Countryfile on BBC1 on Sunday 22 June at 7.25pm.

The photo (top right) shows Geoff Wood, Andrew Wood, Nathan Greenwood, Josh Hudson, artist Razwan Ul-Haq and Dave Johnson with artwork in the field behind.  Photo above shows Ellie Harrison from Countryfile with Nathan.


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