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Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Show heritage captured for posterity

Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Sir Gary Verity officially launches a new book at the Kilnsey Show today (Tuesday 30 August) that brings together facts, figures and memories of the event.

Junior fell running ... part of the rich heritage
 of Kilnsey. Photo by Stephen Garnett
The book has been made possible after the Yorkshire Dales National Park funded the Upper Wharfedale Agricultural Society project, Studs & Crooks: The hidden history of Kilnsey Show.

The title refers to the studs on the shoes of the fell runners who tackle the crag each year and the crooks of the farmers who bring their livestock to the show.

The project includes an online learning resource about the history and cultural heritage of the show that will be made available as part of the archive materials held at the authority-owned Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes.

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, 1 August 2016

Thousands will flock to Castle Howard for national sheepdog trials return

The English National Sheepdog Trials are set to return to Yorkshire after a nine-year absence with thousands expected to descend on Castle Howard for the event from Friday to Sunday, this week (5-7 August).
Ready for the action ... local sheepdog trials chairman Alec Mosey and dog Trooper await the start of the national trials which are held at Castle Howard.
The competition will see some of the best dogs and biggest names in sheepdog trialling come together from across the whole of England to compete to win one of 15 places in the national team and go on to represent England in the International Trials, in Wales later in the year.

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Open day sheds light on farming

North Yorkshire farmers are taking part in a national initiative tomorrow (Sunday 5 June) to give an insight into their working lives and the role they play in looking after the countryside.

Open Farm shearing. Photo by Brian Nicholson.
The annual event is managed by Leaf – the Linking Environment and Farming group.

Among those taking part will be Fowl Green Farm, Commondale, Beadlam Grange near Helmsley and Stepney Hill Farm near Scarborough from the North York moors national park.

Farmers, Jill and Andrew Kelly, from Stonebeck Gate Farm at Little Fryup near Danby, are hosting a variety of activities to mark this special event; including sheep dog trials, a gun dog demonstration, sheep shearing and dry stone walling.

Park staff and volunteers will be at Stonebeck Gate Farm highlighting their work with farmers to look after the area.

National park events and exhibitions co-ordinator Sally Ann Smith  said: “These events are a great way to show visitors a working farm. It’s a fun day out for both adults and children and increases awareness of what farming entails, and the hard work that goes into it.”

Further information:

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

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Upland farming scheme pilot is good news for natural environment

The success of a ground-breaking pilot scheme means more help is on its way for upland farmers in North Yorkshire’s most cherished landscapes,

The Dales and Moors Farm Innovation Project helped farmers in the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales National Parks and in the Howardian Hills and Nidderdale Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty to improve both their businesses and the natural environment, through efficient agricultural and non-agricultural enterprises.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Take Dad to the farm, families urged

Dad and family meet the animals
at Stonebeck Gate Farm.
Photo by Brian Nicholson.
Stonebeck Gate Farm at Little Fryup near Danby in the North York Moors National Park opens its gates to visitors this Fathers’ Day (21 June) as part of the tenth anniversary of the Open Farm Sunday initiative.

Tenant farmers Jill and Andrew Kelly host a variety of activities to highlight life on a moorland farm and the role farmers play in looking after the countryside.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Environmental farming has business benefits, too, says partnership

Upland farmers, environmental bodies and agencies have produced a leaflet detailing the benefits of high nature value farming which looks at traditional systems that can deliver environmental benefits and boost business.

Monday, 9 March 2015

It's plough or never as tractor fans look forward to Newby Hall record breaker

Children enjoying the attractions at Newby Hall Tractor Fest.
A record breaking gathering of Fergusons is expected at the annual Newby Hall Tractor Fest this summer, according to organisers.

Enthusiasts from across the country will gather at the historic visitor attraction on the outskirts of Ripon on 6 and 7 June to see more than 1,500 exhibits.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Free advice for farmers

Two events have been lined up at Spofforth to help farmers minimise their impact on the environment, reduce operating costs and increase productivity.

Friday, 23 January 2015

Search for region's landscape guardians

The search is under way to reward the unsung heroes responsible for maintaining some of the North’s most iconic rural landscapes.

The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) long service awards recognise the small band of people who have dedicated their lives to the countryside. They are presented to gamekeepers who have clocked up at least 40 years service on not more than five estates, and provide public recognition of their service to the countryside.

CLA regional director Dorothy Fairburn said: “Our region boasts some of the country’s most spectacular rural landscapes, much of which is underpinned by the work of gamekeepers, yet public recognition of this is rare.

“Modern gamekeepers need to have environmental and ecological skills and a good understanding of modern technology as well as a deep-rooted understanding of the countryside and its wildlife."

Potential candidates for the awards must be nominated by an employer. Further details and how to nominate an individual can be obtained from Bex Welti on: 0207 2019522 or by email to:

Monday, 12 January 2015

Farmers and landowners set the boundaries with cash help

David Perry hedge laying
at Low Askew Farm
Farmers and landowners in the North York Moors have been able to plant and restore hedges and dry stone walls, thanks to a series of grants worth £64,000.

The funding came from two of the national park authority's schemes which help the maintenance of these key characteristics of the local and national landscape and improve important habitats.

Monday, 1 December 2014

Boost rural economy with tax cut, land body urges government

The Country Land and Business Association is throwing its weight behind a new campaign calling for a cut in VAT on tourism to boost Yorkshire's visitor economy.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

A hundred reasons to get to the show

More than 7,000 people are expected to descend on Wensleydale Agricultural Show when it celebrates its hundredth event on Saturday 23 August.

Although a traditional agricultural show, it has, for a long time, been offering lots of varied family entertainment.

With more than a 100 trophies to compete for the show receives more than 3000 entries for all classes.

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Rural economy heading upwards, says regional index

The region's rural economy is on the up, according to a survey by the Country Land and Business Association and Smiths Gore.

Friday, 11 July 2014

Farm buildings cultivate solid reputation, thanks to award win

Holiday cottages created from redundant farm buildings in Farndale have scooped a top award.

The cottages were created from Grade Two listed farm buildings and stables to form four holiday lets – providing holiday accommodation and employment for local people.

Official recognition: Farndale Cottages scooped the top award.

The conversion made every effort made to keep historic features and using traditional methods and materials.

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

All the action down on the farm

It'll be ewe next: sheep shearing
will be demonstrated.
Two farms in the North York Moors National Park will open their gates to visitors on 8 June as part of Open Farm Sunday. 

Stonebeck Gate Farm, Fryup, and Fowl Green Farm, Commondale, will host a variety of activities to highlight life on a moorland farm and the vital role farmers play in looking after the countryside.

More information is available at

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Schools urged to harvest the many benefits of Dales farm connections

Schools are being urged to make the most of local farms as a major resource for learning and experiencing the natural environment and for finding out more about heritage and conservation.

Farmers and teachers visit Keason Head Farm.
The Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust has secured a £15,000 grant for an innovative new project called Dales Farmers in Education.

The programme will enable schools and farmers to link up and bring more high-quality educational farm visits to the region’s schools.

Farmers will have the opportunity to visit and learn from other farms in the area that are already taking part in education access, and teachers will be able to take part in taster days on different farms to see for themselves the potential for using farm visits as an exciting and effective way to support the national curriculum.

Monday, 16 December 2013

Rural economy is 'on the up'

Our rural economy is firmly in recovery as growth has spread to the farming sector, according to the northern leader of an influential landowner body..

Country Land and Business Association regional director Dorothy Fairburn was speaking after publication of the latest Rural Economy Index, a barometer of businesses in the countryside. The latest index figures show continued improvement during the latter part of 2013.

Friday, 8 November 2013

Trust makes its views known over farming consultation

The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has raised concerns in response to the government's consultation on how the Common Agricultural Policy should shape the future of farming and the rural economy from 2015.