When Crop Circles Get Rolled

There’s a chapter in Rob Irving and Jon Lundberg’s crop circle book The Field Guide called ‘Roll Your Own’. One farmer close to the village of Upham in Hampshire has taken this literally, choosing to drag a roller over the crop circle in his field.

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Photograph by OrionSM Photography

Using a roller in this fashion is a thoroughly bizarre way to get rid of a crop circle. Rather than leaving visitotrs with nothing to see by cutting the circle out — as per the photograph below, showing the Tufton formation — the farmer’s actions have created a shiny coin-like disc that still looks fascinating.

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The 2021 formation at Tufton, Hampshire, having been cut out. Photograph by OrionSM Photography

The act of ‘death by rolling’ is even weirder when you think that farmers are always moaning about the cost of flattened crop left by the circle makers and subsequent tourists. Perhaps it was a rush of blood to the head on his behalf, one that can be understood by The Croppie given that some visitors were accessing the formation by wading through standing crop.

Stories have since circulated that either the farmer or a gamekeeper were telling croppies to keep out and threatening to fetch a firearm, although The Croppie has been reliably informed that these rumours are more exaggeration than substance.

Shaun Jones, Circle Maker

Still on the subject of the Upham circle, one Shaun Jones has shared a cute post on the Crop Circles, Ancient Aliens and Lost Civilisations Facebook group:

‘I love making things from pallets and I loved this crop circle so I decided to make it from pallets and paint it.

What do you think? Will it bring me luck?’

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Perhaps it won’t necessarily bring any type of luck, but Shaun has done a great job.

It’s lovely to see someone publicly enjoying a crop circle rather than spewing tiresome innuendo about who made this, that or whatever. Not that The Croppie would ever engage in such activity.