Jul 23 2021
Great Yorkshire Show 2021
After a break of 2 years the Great Yorkshire Show returned to a hot and sunny Harrogate, North Yorkshire, last week for 4 days.
With covid still firmly on the radar visitor numbers were capped at 26k per day (usually 45k) but this made for a more relaxed feel on the showground and more time for us to talk to visitors at our marquee.
This year we had an overall theme of being in the heart of the Northern Forest. Visitors to our stand were greeted by our membership team and then on to outreach and landowner enquiries before having the chance to pick up a free sapling and WT branded pens and bags.
We had visits from senior DEFRA staff and the FC too along with other regional agencies. HRH Prince Charles “almost” made it onto our stand and chatted with the horse loggers who were part of the woodland trial behind our stand which we were part of. Apparently he is the patron of the National Horse Logging Association.
A big big thank you to all our staff and volunteers who made the week such a success and had an enjoyable time in the process. It was good to meet new staff and colleagues alike and have the chance to talk about the work of the trust with visitors. We were even gifted a monkey puzzle tree (don’t ask!)
One standout fact from the show was the huge increase in landowner enquiries not just regionally but nationally which was really good to see and should ultimately result in more trees in the ground.
Paul Bunton – Communications and Engagement Officer, North