A farmer proposed by ploughing the words 'will you marry me?' into a field then flying his girlfriend over the top - in a hot air balloon.

Romantic Sam Tucker, 24, cultivated the words in the land at his dairy farm in Wellington, Somerset, writes Ed Cullinane.

He then hired a balloon and flew girlfriend of two years Megan Wilkins, 23, over the countryside before dropping to one knee - and luckily she said yes.

Sam said: ''I actually proposed in the balloon, I got down on one knee up there.

"It was a beautiful day too, which was lucky. October isn't the best month for British weather to do it, but it was a really perfect morning.

"I don't know what specifically inspired me to do it, I must have seen it somewhere, but I've had the idea in my head for years, so it's been a long time coming.

"I think we're planning on having at least the reception in a field. Megan isn't from a farming background but she loves it now.''

Sam was helped by Bailey Balloons a hot air balloon company based in Bristol.