All Lenses on Woodlands for Great Yorkshire Show Competition

Photography enthusiasts are being urged to pick up their cameras to take part in a competition run by the organisers of the Great Yorkshire Show to highlight the splendour of our woodlands and forests.

There are two categories, for juniors - up to and including 16 years, and seniors, 17 years and older, with photos to be provided by 1 June. The Show’s forestry committee will choose the 32 finalists and their photos will be displayed in the Forestry Pavilion at the Great Yorkshire Show which this year runs from Tuesday 9 – Thursday 11 July. Visitors will vote for their favourite photo and the two section winners and the overall winner will receive Amazon vouchers for photographic equipment.

Bill Cowling, Show Director said: “Our woodlands are a wonderful backdrop for some of the country’s most spectacular scenery and are the setting for a whole host of activities – from cycling to bird watching to horse riding. It’s a great opportunity to celebrate that, and the photos will be a wonderful addition to this year’s Great Yorkshire Show.”

As well as the forestry pavilion England’s premier agricultural show has a dedicated woodland area, and the forestry pavilion is the base for a range of competitive classes including wood turning, wood carving, marquetry and stick making. Also, in the demonstration ring there will be a packed programme including an axe-throwing display by the Cumbrian Axemen, working horse demonstrations and chainsaw carving.

For more information on the photographic competition please see the website www.greatyorkshireshow.co.uk/visitors/competitions/woodland-photographic-competition .  Alternatively contact Michelle Mackey, Shows Co-ordinator on michellem@yas.co.uk

ENDS

9 April, 2013

Judy Thompson, PR Manager, Yorkshire Agricultural Society – 01423 546215 or judyt@yas.co.uk

Tickets are available either on line - www.greatyorkshireshow.co.uk or call 01423 541222 or in person from the Show’s office at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate.

Tickets bought in advance                           Tickets bought on the gate

Adult:               £21                                          Adult                £24

Concession:    £20                                          Concession:    £23                             

Children:          £9                                            Children:          £11

Family:             £54                                          Family:             £62

Parking is free and extensive. Free buses will run from Harrogate Railway Station.

Please be aware, dogs, other than assistance dogs, are not allowed on the showground.

Editors’ Notes

YORKSHIRE AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY: 

The Yorkshire Agricultural Society was formed in 1837 and is a charity dedicated to supporting the farming industry and rural life. This ranges from educational initiatives to the Society’s Nuffield Scholarships to hosting the Yorkshire Rural Support Network. The Society is based at the Regional Agricultural Centre, Harrogate; the RAC includes Fodder, the Society’s award winning regional food shop and café which opened in June 2009.

The Society is the organiser of the annual farming and country showcase, the Great Yorkshire Show and its sister event, Countryside Live. Both take place at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, North Yorkshire and are flagship events for agriculture and rural life. Dates for the 2013 Great Yorkshire Show are Tuesday 9 – Thursday 11 July, and Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 October are the dates for Countryside Live. Tickets go on sale for the Great Yorkshire Show on Thursday 1 March. See also www.yas.co.uk and www.greatyorkshireshow.co.uk

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The Yorkshire Agricultural Society was formed in 1837 and is a charity dedicated to supporting the farming industry and rural life. Best known for staging the annual Great Yorkshire Show, England's Premier Agricultural event and Countryside Live, it's sister event. The value of the support it provides to regional farming and countryside initiatives has risen year on year to nearly £1m. The 2016 Great Yorkshire Show runs from Tuesday 12 – Thursday 14 July and Countryside Live is on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 October 2016. Both take place at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, North Yorkshire and are flagship events for agriculture and rural life. The Society plays a key role in supporting rural life, through grants, sponsorships and has a very active education department which runs a wide range of activities aimed at increasing the knowledge of young people and their teachers about the important role farmers play in producing our food and caring for the landscape. An important date on the annual calendar is the annual Countryside Days event when thousands of primary school children use the showground as a resource for learning. In June 2009, the Society also opened its Regional Agricultural Centre at the showground which will be a focus for excellence for the industry, as well as the new home of the Society. Yorkshire Event Centre Limited (YEC) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Society and all YEC’s profits go to fund its charitable work. Who's Who in the Yorkshire Agricultural SocietyChairman: Simon TheakstonPresident: Sarah YorkPresident Elect: Lord MiddletonChief Executive: Nigel Pulling

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