4 Monumental Days at BBC Countryfile Live Castle Howard

The team effort shown on the National Gamekeepers Organisation stand was truly phenomenal bringing together so many of the top country sports organisations to deliver a quality experience to all who visited.

There are just so many highlights that we can’t name them all so apologies for anyone missed from the list but here goes, and if you don’t fancy reading lots, then scroll through the photos below, to say we’ve had a packed 4 days is an understatement:-

“The 3 E’s” – Excitement, Education, Engagement.

“The Moorland Groups” – NYMMO alongside Forest of Bowland, Nidderdale, North Pennines, Peak District and Yorkshire Dales, delivering literature and information on moorland management as well as creating the managed/unmanaged moorland scene which created no end of interest and questions.  The NYMMO merchandise Shooting Socks, Pens, Badges, Puzzle Trays, Backpacks and especially the Tick Removers went down a storm and alongside the fabulous “Shuttle Socks” the donation pot each day looked very healthy.

“The Keepers” – In attendance every day, proudly dressed in their tweeds, chatting to the public and answering questions, Tom our NYMMO gamekeeper being interviewed for BBC Radio, Jimmy our NYMMO keeper co-hosting the cookery slot and all in all generally passing on the managed moorland and shooting estate knowledge.

“National Gamekeepers Organisation” – Bringing together so many different aspects and people to deliver a informative wonderful experience for the public.

“BASC North” – The collaboration and work put into bringing the 4 days together, providing the shoot simulator which saw approx. 1000 people having a go, the “TASTE of GAME” kitchen showcasing “Field To Fork” at it’s very best and army of volunteer helpers.

“Wild & Game” – Supplying the public (and the helpers) with game samples in the form of pie’s and pate’s which went down a treat, their very own chef Oliver Prince cooking up a storm in the kitchen and allowing NYMMO’s own gamekeeper Jimmy to join him in the kitchen to give the background behind the full Field to Fork experience.

“Simon Whitehead” – The ferret and rabbit expert and now very definitely known as the “Man who Can” after improvising after the breakdown of his bread crumb maker by using a power drill.  Aside from the drill episode, Simon delivered rabbit butchery and cooking demonstrations to packed audiences and not forgetting his ferrets who resided in the marquee too.

“Silver Sheldon” – The lady that is “Hadrians Game Larder” cooked up a storm in the kitchen with various tasty game dishes and formed part of a brilliant double act with Simon Whitehead.

“John Cavana (Connolly’s Red Mills) and his gorgeous Labradors who enjoyed the strokes and pats from the hundreds who stopped to say hi.  John also donned his tweeds on the stage at “The Sheep Show” to promote the wool to tweed link.

“Pigeon Plucking” – Children and adults plucking pigeons and then watching as they are cooked then given back for them to enjoy.  Quote of the week definitely came from Jesse aged 7 “Eat pigeon, it’s better than Haribo’s”

“National Gamekeepers Education Trust” – A fantastic display of low ground foliage with taxidermy and even a pond, a really interesting display which the kids absolutely loved looking round searching for the birds, animals and learning about the plants.

“Sir Johnny Scott” – The legend that is, signing countless numbers of books and chatting to many an admirer.

“Askham Bryan College” – Brian Sweeney on hand answering all questions regarding getting into game-keeping, the courses available and the avenues to be explored.

“Trevor Swales” – A gentleman not present on the stand, but importantly his Heather Honey was, this specialist honey from the North York Moors highlights again the huge number of people that benefit and rely on the moors.  The honey was up for tasting and the result was the sell out of all jars, Trevor kindly gave all proceeds from the sale of his honey to NYMMO to help us continue with our work.

Input also from the British Deer Society and Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT)