It’s all systems go for The Great Yorkshire Show but recent wet weather has resulted in contingency plans being put into operation. England’s premier agricultural show will open its doors on Tuesday for three days presenting the best of British farming and the countryside.
However car parking at the showground on the edge of Harrogate is much reduced due to unprecedented rainfall, and extra measures are being put in place to help mitigate the problems.
Chief Executive Nigel Pulling said: “We’ve never cancelled the Great Yorkshire Show because of the weather and have no plans to do so. Everyone is very aware of the difficulties the rain has caused up and down the country and our ground is also suffering from the wet. We are working around the clock with the aim of getting people here as quickly and safely as possible. The showground itself is holding up extremely well with many exhibitors’ stands in place however, our car parking adjacent to the site will definitely be much reduced.
To help the alleviate this, we will have a new park and ride system in place, from land at Plumpton Bar on the A661, about a mile and a half south of Harrogate. We have commissioned a fleet of buses which will operate on a continuous loop taking people to and from the showground”.
He added: “Since last year’s Great Yorkshire Show we have spent around £450,000 on improvements around the site, including the drainage which has helped.”
Recent measures include improving vehicle access at the gateways, and stoned tracks across the fields, buying trackway, sand, and ground guards, and even using miscanthus, the low energy crop to soak up standing water. Tractors will also be on standby around the site.
“We would urge people to think about car sharing or using public transport,” said Mr Pulling. “We have increased the number of free shuttle buses which will run from Harrogate Railway station. Northern Rail is using all its available rolling stock and is putting on extra services and carriages and that is a very practical and sensible way to come to the Show.”