A very brief summary of some of our 2017 highlights.
Fundraising efforts were brilliant thanks to our charity walk around Snilesworth estate, the Game keepers tandem skydive at Skydive St George, the clay shoot at Thimbleby Shoot Ground and last of all our auction. The beneficiaries this year have been Yorkshire Cancer Research and Yorkshire Air Ambulance, these are fantastic local charities which we are very proud to support. Our fund raising efforts were highlighted at a presentation awards evening held by Yorkshire Air Ambulance where we received a top award for individual and supporters organisation.
MP Kevin Hollinrake enjoyed a tour of the Snilesworth estate with head Game Keeper Jimmy Shuttlewood, a really informative visit learning about all of the benefits of managed moorland, bird species, habitat, conservation and the effects the shooting estates have on the local economy.
NYMMO Game Keepers attended various shows throughout the year and events including the Northern Shooting Show, Great Yorkshire Show and BBC Countryfile Live, these days create lots of opportunities for our gamekeepers to meet and greet, discuss and educate. These days have been really fun and the gamekeepers have enjoyed a little time away from their “office, we also had a few memorable events including “Pigeon Pluck Off” and “Tweed Washing”!
Community spirit was definitely in abundance for the “Love Your Garden” gamekeeper style when the Rosedale and Westerdale Gamekeepers transformed the garden of 88 year old retired gamekeeper Wilf Wilson due to his ailing health. Wilf who has lived in the village of Westerdale for the past 74 years, retired in 2005 after 50 years working as a gamekeeper. He has always had a garden to be proud of, not just a lawned area and flowers, but its very own vegetable patch, he was so appreciative of this kind gesture from the gamekeepers and his words “Look at my miracle garden” definitely made all the hard work, time and effort put in very worthwhile.
Grouse was on the menu as our estates campaigned and encouraged more people to try grouse, we have been supplying local butchers, restaurants and farm shops throughout the season and sales have been really impressive. National game week was marked by our “Game For Grandad” competition which was brilliantly supported and we delivered some Grouse, Pheasant and Partridge to the lucky winner.
“Lets Learn Moor” saw NYMMO join forces with BASC, NGO, North Yorkshire Police, Countryside Learning and local farmers for a fantastic 3 day school education program which saw over 300 children visit the moors in 3 days to learn about the moor, speak with gamekeepers, farmers, Police and learn how we all work together for the good of the countryside.
A massive thank you to all our supporters throughout the year who have very kindly helped us be this successful, your support is paramount in ensuring we can carry on with our efforts.
The above is only some of our achievements this year and we have already planned many events for 2018, with new merchandise also on the way, watch this space……