The best of Yorkshire’s rural economy and farming heritage was on display when HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall visited the Great Yorkshire Show today.
The Prince, who is the Patron of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, and the Duchess were welcomed to the Harrogate showground by Show Director Charles Mills who said: “Their Royal Highnesses have a strong interest in rural life and it was an absolute honour to be able to show them what Yorkshire has to offer, from gardens and forestry to agricultural machinery and cattle.”
The Royal couple last visited the show in 2015. They began their tour at the Garden Show, seeing the floral displays, before the Prince moved on to see a demonstration of horse logging in the Forestry area,
presenting the British Horse Loggers Woodland Management Award. The Duchess, who has her own beehives, toured the Hive and Honey section before visiting the Discovery Zone
to find out how it helps to educate children.
The Prince then visited the Machinery Lines, meeting Geoff Brown, Managing Director of Ripon Farm Services and a long- term supporter of the show. Also presented was Paul Russell, Chief Executive of The Russell Group which is celebrating its centenary this year and was displaying machinery from the last 100 years. At the McDonald’s area, the Prince launched The Prince’s Countryside Fund’s guide to the environment, supported by McDonald’s.
The guide, aimed at farmers, explains the practical meaning of environmental terms to ensure that the ambitions around improving the management of the UK’s environment are accessible to all. During the launch, he met Countryside Fund’s Famers who had contributed to the project and taken part in its Farm Resilience Programme, as well as members of McDonald’s Progressive Young Farmers programme.
The Prince’s interest in rare breed cattle was reflected in a tour of the Cattle rings where he was able to see Longhorns, before he visited the Farming Help Charities area, where he met people from Yellow Wellies, Farming Community Network, Addington Fund, Forage Aid, RABI and the Prince’s Countryside Fund. He also met some Young Farmers who assisted in rebuilding dry stone walls after the devastating floods in the Reeth area in July 2019, before visiting the sheep lines.
The Duchess finished her tour of the show in the Military Village and at the Terrier section.