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Mr William Tait (1966)

There have been many generations of students at the Botanics and those in the 1960s were particularly keen on playing pranks. On one infamous occasion, students launched a 'Hunt the Tractor' competition, with the 'prize' being the post of a Garden Supervisor being advertised at that time. The tractor was eventually discovered inside the Victorian Temperate Palm House. Orders were given for it to be removed, but it was soon found that the tractor wheels were too wide for it to be driven back out of the Palm House. How did the students get it in there? They had ingeniously driven the tractor up to the doors, put it up on two jacks, removed the wheels and rolled the rest of the tractor through the doors before replacing the wheels and hiding the jacks.

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