EXCITING NEW DEVELOPMENTS AT THE GARDEN SHOW AT THE 158th GREAT YORKSHIRE SHOW

Create a garden in just 45 minutes, hear words of advice from BBC TV expert Carol Klein and be party to inside information on the Buckingham Palace garden – all these opportunities and more are available to visitors to this year’s Great Yorkshire Show.

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Relocated to a new position on the 250-acre showground, the Garden Show promises to be a real draw for the 130,000-plus visitors expected to flock to the three-day countryside extravaganza, which runs from Tuesday 12 to Thursday 14 July 2016. The Garden Show at England’s premier agricultural event has had a major new look for 2016 – and with it comes a host of exciting new attractions for green-fingered visitors.

BBC TV gardener Carol Klein will open the Garden Show on the first day, present the trophies to award winners, before giving a talk on stage in the garden show marquee. She will be followed on stage later in the day by former Royal gardener and horticultural expert Jim Buttress who will have one or two insights from the lawns of Buckingham Palace!

Martin Fish, Chief Steward said it was an exciting time for the event. “Our new location close to the Blue Gate is one of the busiest entrances to the showground so this is a very positive move for the Garden Show. Everything will be in one location making it easier for visitors to enjoy all the features rather than having to move from one place to another,” he said.

There is the usual wide range of exhibitors coming to the three-day show, with stands selling everything from compost and cuttings, to garden sheds, hammocks and jacuzzis. A new attraction is the inclusion of three show gardens for visitors to enjoy, presenting three completely different styles.

And if you’ve ever wanted to try transforming a redundant piece of land into a horticultural haven, but thought it would be too time-consuming, then the Great Yorkshire Show will show you how! In just 45 minutes, students from Askham Bryan College at York will be creating a garden from scratch, with the help of gardening expert Nigel Harrison, only to dismantle it and do it all again the following day.

The Great Yorkshire Show is organised by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society and takes place at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate. Tickets are now on sale – for the latest details see below and www.greatyorkshireshow.co.uk

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16 May 2016

Media contact: Judy Thompson, PR Manager judyt@yas.co.uk or 01423 546215.

If you wish to apply for press passes to the Great Yorkshire Show, please complete the online application form on our website, by 6thJuly 2016 - http://greatyorkshireshow.co.uk/media/press-passes

EDITORS NOTES

Great Yorkshire Show 2016 Ticket Prices

                                    Advanced Prices                               Gate Price
                                    until 6 July 2016

Adult                           £23                                                      £27

Child                           £10                                                      £13

Family (2 adults
& 3 children)              £56                                                      £67

Parking is free and extensive. Please note dogs other than assistance dogs are not allowed on the showground.

-        The Great Yorkshire Show is organised by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, a charity which supports farming and the agricultural industry.

-        This will be the 158th Great Yorkshire Show

-        Dates are Tuesday 12 – Thursday 14 July

-        The venue is The Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, North Yorkshire

-        It is England’s premier agricultural event

-        This will be Charles Mill’s first year as Show Director. He has been involved in the Great Yorkshire Show and the Society for almost two decades

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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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