The Glastonbury Festival is celebrating its fortieth anniversary this year. Throughout all the extraordinary changes over those years there has been a significant constant.
In May, June and July the New Holland tractors will, once again, be on site helping to set up the festival. They’ll also be there too to help break down the site and return it to its natural state – as Worthy Farm, the working Somerset dairy farm that hosts the world’s most famous music festival. Working under the festival motto “Love the Farm, leave no trace” the team of eleven blue tractors will be shifting fencing, staging and rubbish to and from the fields powered by 100% biodiesel.
As Glastonbury Festival has grown more sophisticated, employing new and better sound systems, improved staging and laser shows, so New Holland’s tractors have been adapting too. In the beginning, the tractors were simply used to haul trailer loads of stranded festival goers across the site or to tow cars out of muddy trouble.
Today, their refined adaptations mean they can be fitted with a special four metre wide magnetised front attachment which can pull out rogue tent pegs and other metal objects from the deserted festival fields – removing a potentially lethal threat to the cattle that graze there when the music has stopped and the crowds have gone home. This method has been improved with the help of IntelliSteer, the New Holland GPS guidance system, ensuring there are no overlaps or misses.
Of the eleven New Holland tractors working at Glastonbury, three are full-time tractors, run by Michael Eavis, the owner of Worthy Farm and founder of the Glastonbury Festival. He owns two T7040s for general farm work and a T3040 which is on full time yard scraping duties.
Mr Eavis says that New Holland fits in well with the Glastonbury ethos:
“Our aim throughout the history of Glastonbury has been to make the Festival as green and sustainable as possible. It’s an ideology shared by New Holland, a company that fits in well with the Glastonbury ethos of ‘Love the farm, leave no trace.’ But of course, it’s not just during the festival that we use our New Holland tractors. They’re here working on Worthy Farm all year round carrying out state of the art agricultural duties, helping to produce masses of milk for the liquid milk market.”
At festival time Mr Eavis’s own New Holland machines are joined by a fleet of eight other blue tractors which he hires from the local New Holland dealership TH White.
After forty years of change, New Holland and Worthy Farm continue to be strong partners in terms of production, rural development, environmental schemes and rural enterprise, both in the context of Worthy Farm and the forty year old Glastonbury Festival. For more info, click here to visit New Holland's website.