11 September 2021

Bale artist supporting Tour of Britain

A seasoned Aberdeenshire bale artist is preparing to celebrate the arrival of the Tour of Britain with another inspiring display.


Jenna Ross has become quite the star with a number of recent bale art activities including ‘Nurse Baley’ in honour of her mum Alison and all the other amazing health care workers. 


Such was the interest within the local community, she decided to create a series for the local kids which included a witch and spider at Halloween, Santa at Christmas and then a haggis for Burns Night.


Now, encouraged by Aberdeenshire Council’s Economic Development service to celebrate the Tour of Britain when the region hosts the final stage this Sunday (Sept 12), Jenna will be creating three bale bikes at Craskins Farm, Tarland, which is worked by Jenna’s parents, Brian and Alison, along with her older brother Stewart.


Jenna, who currently leads international development for the AgriTech centre on Crop Health and Protection, said: “It’s not every day that a national cycling competition goes past the farm and I hope the TV and helicopter will capture the artwork live on camera when the cyclists pass Queen’s View this Sunday.


“My younger brother Duncan, who is registered blind, absolutely loves cycling on his tandem. Unfortunately he hasn’t been able to get out on his bike during the pandemic, so this is for him – and of course all the local kids who love the bale art.”


Gary Hughes, Business gateway manager at Aberdeenshire Council, said: “Hosting the Tour of Britain provides us with an excellent opportunity to showcase Aberdeenshire to a global audience watching on television and online. The economic benefits are predicted to be worth around £1m to the local economy, while media benefits and exposure are worth around £1.2m.


“It’s great to see such community spirit in Aberdeenshire in support of the Tour and we’re really looking forward to seeing Jenna’s display at Tarland during the live TV coverage.


“And remember, it’s not too late to get involved – I would encourage other communities along the route to think about doing something similar to cheer on the cyclists and really celebrate this wonderful cycling event.”