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Thursday, 8 September 2016

Smoother journeys for motorists after roads programme is completed

More pleasurable journey ... roads to tourist
 attractions such as the Himalayan Gardens
at Grewelthorpe have benefited from
the county council's programme
North Yorkshire's beauty attracts visitors from all over the world and maintaining roads for tourism, business and residents is a top priority.

That's the message after the county council completed its largest roads surface dressing programme ever.

North Yorkshire is England’s largest authority and its 5,000 mile road network connects towns, villages and market towns across vast rural areas – a distance which would more than stretch from England to Pakistan.

Highways chiefs say they are increasing spending on preventative road maintenance, bucking the trend nationally, to bring down the cost of reactive patching and pothole repair.

Friday, 26 August 2016

New forum for hill farmers

Hill farmers in northern England have a new voice and forum to express their views.

The new Northern Hill Farming Panel has been set up to help address some of the challenges faced by those that farm the northern uplands.

The panel will represent members in discussions with government ministers and officials on how they can help foster a more sustainable future for farming in the northern uplands.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Landowners' group calls for new policy for thriving woodland

The regional director of an influential landowner organisation says Brexit must be used to create a better policy for creating and managing woodland.

New data showing a sharp decline in the planting of new productive British woodland highlights why the UK must grasp the opportunity, according to Dorothy Fairburn of the Country Land and Business Association (CLA).

The association which represents thousands of farmers, landowners and other rural businesses throughout the North has responded to a report on changes in canopy cover between 2006 and 2015 published by the Forestry Commission. The report says the government’s strategy for increasing woodland cover in England is failing.

Friday, 5 August 2016

Net gains as broadband investment continues for county

North Yorkshire County Council has announced it will fund £20 million for phase three of its Superfast North Yorkshire programme.

Just over £12 million will come from the authority’s own funds, £7.3 million from the government’s Broadband Delivery UK  and £1 million from the European regional development funding.

Council chiefs say high quality broadband with a minimum speed of 25Mbps will have been brought to 91 per cent of premises across the county by next June in phases one and two of the project, which has cost £34.5 million.

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Brush up on your countryside with Yorkshire-inspired paint range

Hicks and Weatherburn has launched a new range of colours inspired by the Yorkshire countryside.

The pigment-rich paints are handmade in small batches. Until recently the Leeds-based firm was a well kept secret among the county's decorators, theatre companies and set makers who value the fact that they can request small quantities and exact shades for specific projects. The firm has been making paint since 1741.

Further information:

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Give nature a home, charity urges

Latest figures show that only 33 per cent of people see hedgehogs in their gardens in North Yorkshire at least once a month, 14 per cent fewer than in 2014

Foxes were the third most popular visitor with 16 per cent of people in North Yorkshire catching one in their garden at least once a month, according to this RSPB study. Stoats are an elusive species with six per cent spotting one on a monthly basis.

Grey squirrels remained the most common garden visitor in the county for the third year running, with 67 per cent of participants spotting one scurrying across their garden at least once a month.The RSPB is calling on people to get involved in Giving Nature a Home this summer by doing at least one thing for wildlife in their garden or outdoor space

Saturday, 11 June 2016

North Yorks pubs get their point across as competition finalists

North Yorkshire drinking holes dominate the running for this year's Yorkshire Favourite Pub contest.

A shortlist of 12 has been drawn up and go head to head to be crowned winner at the Great Yorkshire Show on Tuesday July 12.

North Yorkshire's standard bearers are the Blue Lion, East Witton; Bull Inn, West Tanfield; Duke of York Inn, Gate Helmsley; Durham Ox, Crayke; Fairfax Arms, Gilling East; Queen O'T'Owd Thatch, South Milford and Woolly Sheep Inn, Skipton

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Contest goes to the wall and there's limited time to enter

Yorkshire wallers have until 30 June to enter this year's Dry Stone Wall competition.

Country Land and Business Association regional director Dorothy Fairburn said: “There are still a few places remaining in the competition. I would urge any dry stone wallers, who have been involved in a local project in the last two years, to enter now before it’s too late.”

Aimed at preserving the county’s ancient craft of dry stone walling, the competition, which is stagbed every two years, recognises the people behind the miles of distinctive walls that define Yorkshire’s famous landscapes.

The event is held in association with the Yorkshire Dry Stone Walling Guild and is believed to be unique in Britain as it judges new or rebuilt walls in the countryside.

Marks are awarded for use of local style, impact on the landscape, tidiness and difficulty of terrain.

The winner receives an engraved glass walling stone. The competition is open to all wallers who live and work in Yorkshire and is free to enter. Entry forms are available by emailing: or telephoning: 01748 907070.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

This favourite pub competition could be a bitter contest

The opportunity to vote for the best pub in Yorkshire has been extended until 1 June.

Official tourism agency Welcome to Yorkshire runs the annual contest which attracts thousands of votes.

A top ten will be announced on Twitter on 2 June when the public has the opportunity to say choose their favourite which will be announced on 12 July at the Great Yorkshire Show

Last year saw The Fleece Inn at Barkisland crowned the winner, with The Bull Inn at West Tanfield coming in second place and the The Royal Oak at Ripon coming in as Yorkshire’s third favourite pub.

Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Sir Gary Verity said: “Yorkshire is not only famous for its stunning landscapes and rich heritage, the county is also renowned for its wealth of welcoming pubs which are just as important in attracting visitors. From traditional inns to city centre pubs, make sure you cast your vote for your favourite!”

The competition was first launched in 2011 to help promote Yorkshire’s variety of pubs and the top 30 nominees will once again feature in Welcome to Yorkshire’s Ale Trail leaflet.

 Votes can be cast at

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Farmers urged to harvest educational benefits of Open Sunday

North Yorkshire's farmers and landowners are invited to get involved in Open Farm Sunday on 5 June,

The Country Land and Business Association is encouraging its members to take part in the day, which gives adults and children a better understanding of the countryside and how food is produced.

Regional director Dorothy Fairburn said: “Open Farm Sunday is a great opportunity for farmers to connect with the public, share their story and showcase British farming and food.

“The thought of setting up an event can be very daunting for a busy farmer but that needn’t be the case. A small guided walk for local families is fairly simple to plan and much better than doing nothing at all.”

Organising charity, Linking Environment And Farming (LEAF), has pulled together a range of free information and support for host farmers taking part. There are resources available for farmers to promote their event, plus posters, activities and giveaways for the day itself.

Farmers and landowners can register interest at

Monday, 2 May 2016

Tour success puts region into top gear to become cycling heartland

What an event! Cycling and tourism chiefs were today hailing the Tour de Yorkshire a huge success after more than two million spectators turned out to cheer on the riders during the three-day event.
Winner Thomas Voeckler and a packed Thirsk town centre.
Photo courtesy of
The success prompted head of the Tour de France Christian Prudhomme to comment that the county was fast becoming the heartland of cycling.

He said: “There have been huge crowds, huge enthusiastic crowds who respect the riders. The Tour de Yorkshire is on the podium for being one of the best bike races in the world and for me the best public for cycling in the world.

“The people of Yorkshire have passion and pride. I love what the Tour de Yorkshire has done for children who are watching this on the route and at the start and finish lines. These are memories that those children will never forget.

“The passion is growing and growing and Yorkshire is fast becoming the heartland of cycling.”

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

It's a little in-tents! Council comes up with wedding venue alternative

North Yorkshire County Council is launching a tipi and events business which, it hopes, will have a special appeal to couples wanting weddings with a difference.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Up-and-coming star Lucy has got the Tour de Yorkshire off to an art

A rising star of the art world has been unveiled as the official artist for the Tour de Yorkshire.

Lucy pictured with Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Sir Gary Verity.
Richmond-based pastel artist Lucy Pittaway has been chosen as the official artist for this year’s race, which returns to the county from 29 April to 1 May.

Her colourful picture, Hills, Dales and Woolly Tails, depicts the excitement, endurance and tenacity of the race, set against the unique Yorkshire backdrop with an eager crowd of fluffy spectators.

Monday, 7 March 2016

Land body picks a litter promotion

Members of the Country Land and Business Association regional team rolled up their sleeves to help launch the new Clean for the Queen promotion.

Bin there, got the T-shirt. The team makes
light work of the clean-up task.

With litter pickers and bin bags, they headed to Richmond to publicise the campaign, which calls on community groups, schools and businesses to help tidy up their local area ahead of The Queen’s 90th birthday.

Regional director Dorothy Fairburn: said: “This is a small way we can highlight the appalling amount of fly-tipping that takes place around our region."
The total number of fly-tipping incidents in England has risen by almost 50,000 to 900,000 according to figures from Defra.

According to the association, this is a fraction of the overall cost of clearing up as these figures don't include any incidents on private land, which farmers and landowners are legally obliged to clear and pay for themselves.

The association is calling on local authorities to be more proactive in dealing with the problem.

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Get planting, landowners urged

The regional head of the Country Land and Business Association is urging its farming and landowning members to take part in a new tree planting scheme.

Woodland for Water is a new grant scheme being launched by the Forestry Commission and Environment Agency. It offers landowners in target areas across Yorkshire and the North East grant funding to plant additional new woodland.

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

War conscription stories revealed

Items from the North Riding Appeal Tribunal Papers archive

The stories of men from the North Riding who appealed against World War One conscription can now be told thanks to the lottery-funded opening of a rare archive by North Yorkshire County Record Office.

And members of the public are being invited to volunteer to work on the project to help to uncover these hidden tales and learn what happened to the men behind them.

An £8,500 Heritage Lottery Fund grant has enabled the Grounds for Appeal: the North Riding Appeal Tribunal Papers 1916-1918 project to get under way.

The project will explore and open up access to the North Riding military tribunals' appeals records from the period.

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Key names expected at UK's biggest tourism conference

York's Barbican is set to host the biggest tourism conference in the UK next month.

Welcome to Yorkshire, the region's official tourism body, will host the annual Y16 event where new campaigns, initiatives and projects will be unveiled on Wednesday March 23.

The announcements are being kept under wraps but organisers say some special guests are likely to be announced shortly.

Around 1,000 people are set to attend the event which will run like a live TV show and is hosted by national sports presenter Rob Walker.

Previous Y conferences have welcomed a range of famous faces from Last Tango in Halifax Star Dean Andrews to Paralympic superstar Hannah Cockroft MBE – and the Deputy Prime Minister.

Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Sir Gary Verity said: “This is a not-to-be-missed chance to get businesses across Yorkshire together to showcase what’s planned for the year ahead and make no mistake, it’s going to be another exciting year!

“Y16 promises to inspire and entertain and bring the great and good of Yorkshire tourism together to make things happen!”

Doors open 10am. Further details:

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Get shirty with these TdY jerseys

Cycling fans can start their countdown to May's Tour de Yorkshire by buying the new commemorative jersey and official merchandise.

The short sleeve jersey features the Yorkshire rose, the names of each host town, the Tour de Yorkshire logo and a distinctive Y pattern.

Monday, 8 February 2016

County libraries announce the most popular titles

Among those with
most top 100 titles:
Peter Robinson.
The most popular books for North Yorkshire libraries users have been unveiled. Lee Child's Personal secured the number one slot with Yorkshire-born Peter Robinson second with Abattoir Blues. 

Robinson was among a small group of authors with the most titles in the Top 100.

The total number of books borrowed from North Yorkshire libraries in 2014/15 was more than 2,443,500.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Lifeboat charity hopes for a a big wave of support from cycling event

Photo by SW Pix.
Organisers of the second edition of the Tour de Yorkshire from 29 April-1 May have named the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) as the event's official charity.

Yorkshire has nine lifeboat stations.

Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Sir Gary Verity said: “The RNLI provides life-saving services across Yorkshire and the UK and we know that many race spectators will have come across their work or may even be RNLI volunteers themselves.

“The race provides a great platform for the RNLI to fundraise and to raise awareness and we will be supporting them wholeheartedly over the next few months.”

Amateur cyclists who enter the Maserati Tour de Yorkshire Ride on Sunday 1 May will have the option to raise money for the RNLI when they register.