Photo gallery: Gressenhall’s Suffolk punch horses get to work on the spring crops

Powering their way across the field, the Suffolk Punch horses at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse delighted visitors at the museum's working day this weekend.

As mums enjoying their mothers' day trip sat back and watched with their families, the rare breed animals were busy preparing the land for spring sown crops.

All five of the horses – Trojan, Bowler, Jimbo, Casper and Reg – took part in Sunday's event near Dereham.

Farm manager Richard Dalton, whose quiet commands sent the animals ploughing, harrowing and rolling across the field, said the working day was a rare chance for visitors to see what happened on a traditional working farm.

After a morning planting seed potatoes, the chestnut horses headed back out to put down some spring-sown oats using a Smyth drill.

Mr Dalton, who said the Gressenhall farm had been in use since 1200, added: 'It really enables us to bring to life the machinery we use. Until you actually put your hands on it and use it, you don't know how it will react or what job it does.'

As well as exploring the farm, visitors to the working day were also able to pick up tips from the master gardener volunteers from Garden Organic, see the site's steam engines powered by the Garrett boiler and join in with a horse-themed art attack.

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