After the fantastic crowd turnout for the Olympic Road Races, the good people at the National Trust have introduced their own competition on Petersham Meadows. It’s called Health & Safety Roulette and is played over four days.
Tractor crossing the public footpath
Each day has a different risk level: cutting, turning, baling, and removal. To improve the excitement safety notices are made as discrete as possible. This is further enhanced by staging the event during the school holidays when more families visit the Meadows.
National Trust Safety Sign
Typical safety sign when farm machinery is in operation
The idea behind the event, now that the dangerous cows have been contained behind an electric fence, is to introduce a new and unexpected danger. Then cross your fingers and hope.
Mothers with children enjoying the new National Trust event
In the past free roaming cows grazed all areas of Petersham Meadows. So, this is the first time it has been possible to stage this event in 400 years.