Sherwood Forest Ploughing Match is probably the biggest one day match in the UK. In 2016 the match accepted 143 entrants (the limit for the site) and 130 contestants ploughed. The Ferguson class alone had 36 tractors ploughing.
The next match is planned for Sunday, 26 November 2017. The Nottinghamshire sandland site will never be unfit to plough. The only weather ever to stop it was 2 ft. of snow! The sand ploughs exceptionally well at this time of the year. The farm grows big acreages of spring sown vegetables allowing it to offer bare land in November.
Sherwood Forest Ploughing Match has two main objectives:
- Provide a good ploughing experience for competitors. The time of year, short days and unpredictable weather make this sometimes difficult to achieve, by contrast it can be a fantastic day’s weather and exceptional ploughing.
- SFPM hopes to make money for the Lincs/Notts Air Ambulance. The Air Ambulance is a very important part of rural life, often saving farm lives. We take pride in supporting this valuable service. In 2015 Air Ambulance benefited by almost £2,000 from SFPM.
Until January 2013 SFPM held a day for tuition early in the New Year. The Ploughing School became very popular but changes in farm cropping patterns have made it difficult to arrange a school on the same site. Perhaps it can be revived in the future.