8ft Topper: Eltringham Farm, Stocksfield, Northumberland

8ft: Arnold Harrison, of Eltringham Farm, Stocksfield, Northumberland

Arnold Harrison’s new 8ft Abbey topper has to cope with some tricky terrain on Eltringham Farm in the Tyne valley.

As well as 90 acres of arable land which is farmed on a contract share, most of the 120 acres of grassland on Eltringham Farm is on a grazing licence to Arnold’s son Thomas who has pedigree Herefords.

We’re using the topper mostly for pastures, on the pony paddocks, in the livery business,” explains Arnold. “But it’s not straightforward: we’ve got some steep ground here as well as some old rig-and-furrow pasture. But the topper copes well with all of it.”    

This versatility is partly down to Abbey toppers’ specially engineered flails, shaped with hardened steel, cranked and free-swinging to minimise potential damage from concealed objects while maintaining a high quality finish. The cranked blades allow a high ground clearance on the main rotor blade, again minimising risk of damage.