THE first Rede Hall Farm Heavy Horse and Countryside Day drew 1,200 people and raised more than £5,000 for charity.
It was so successful that Nigel Oakley is thinking of holding it again next year. His farm at Rede, with its Suffolk Punches and Shires, used to be open to the public until foot and mouth struck. Sunday’s event is the first since then and raised funds for the Millennium Farm Trust, a charity for adults with learning difficulties, and the Suffolk Horse Society, which looks after the rare breed Suffolk Punch.
The Suffolks were the big attraction, with not only the farm’s 16 greeting visitors but with guests bringing theirs along, including Glen Cass with his farm and trade vehicles and Sue and Andrew Wager showing off decorated show harness.
There was also a gundog display and vintage tractor and horse drawn wagon rides.
Nigel also used a Suffolk to pull a rare timber drug, an adjustable cart used for hauling logs, which will be part of a forestry demonstration he will do at Henham Steam Rally on September 17 and 18.