A FARMER who grew up in the New Forest died after falling under the wheels of his own tractor.

An inquest has been opened into the death of Ivor Taylor, who was working on his Devon farm when the accident happened on May 29.

The 77-year-old grandfather, formally of Fritham, near Lyndhurst, died at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, on June 3.

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An inquest was opened at Plymouth Coroner's Court by assistant coroner Louise Wiltshire.

Outlining the circumstances of Mr Taylor's death Ms Wiltshire said he was working at Tor Down Farm at Exbourne, near Okehampton, "when he slipped and fell beneath his tractor".

She added: "Ivor received significant injuries, resulting in him being airlifted to Derriford Hospital."

Mr Taylor was given extensive treatment but died despite the best efforts of everyone involved, the inquest was told.

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Ms Wiltshire confirmed there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death. She adjourned the hearing and a full inquest will take place at a later date.

Mr Taylor leaves a widow, Wendy, and three sons, Paul, Neil, and Adam.

Farming is one of the UK's most hazardous occupations.

According to the National Farmers' Union, the industry employs just under two per cent of the total workforce but accounts for about 19 per cent of all fatal injuries.

The four most common types of accident on farms involve vehicles and machinery, falls from heights, lifting and handling, and hazardous substances. 

A service of thanksgiving for Mr Taylor's life is due to take place at the Parish Church of St Mary the Blessed Virgin, Exbourne, on Thursday.

His family has asked that any donations in his memory be given to Devon Air Ambulance Trust.