Art statues made from farm bales have been springing up all over Gwent as the county's Young Farmers flex their creative imaginations during the Covid crisis.

Gwent's YFCs have been operating under the new restrictions since April to keep members safe. This has involved taking meetings online and making the remainder of last year’s competition calendar virtual.

However, last month small numbers of members met in person to construct entries to the annual bale art competition. Gwent YFC continues to follow the latest government guidelines and restrictions with activities returning online for now.

Leading the competition was Usk YFC and their entry of Bill and Ben can be seen on Usk Showground. Abergavenny YFC was placed second with its colourful characters, and Wentwood YFC came third with a rocket statue.

Tom Pope, chairman of Somerset YFC, judged the entries from submitted photos and videos. He said: “It was a pleasure to be asked to judge and a joy to see members back doing what they do best, working together.”

Abbie Williams, Gwent YFC county chairman said: “We were thrilled to have such unique entries for the bale art competition and excited to see clubs meeting for the first time since lockdown. Although these are challenging times, if any organisation can adapt, it is us. We look forward to meeting in person again as and when the rules allow and it is safe to do so."

“Young Famers is open to young people aged 10 to 26, whether you have a farming background or not. Led by young people, for young people, Young Farmers offers members a unique opportunity to develop skills, work with their local communities, travel abroad, take part in a varied competitions programme and enjoy a dynamic social life. Do get in touch if you would like to get involved.”

To find out more about Gwent YFC or your nearest club contact Jemma Rodgers on or phone 01291 672602. Alternatively follow Gwent YFC on Facebook.