Village focus: Coastal gem of Sandsend

SET in the cluster that includes Whitby, Staithes and Robin Hood’s 
Bay, it is one of the smaller jewels on the Yorkshire coast, but one of the most valuable.

Hovingham Market

Playing the market

IT isn’t technically a market town, for it isn’t a town. Yet the stalls that line the narrow streets in the picturesque Howardian village of Hovingham have become a veritable countryside shopping mall.


Yorkshire Dales crisis is bigger than Foot and Mouth, says park boss

The deepening social and economic crisis in the Yorkshire Dales is a bigger challenge to its communities than the Foot and Mouth outbreak that ravaged the countryside in 2001, the chief executive of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority said.

Councillor Ian Scott of Richmondshire District Council pictured at Reeth by Simon Hulme.

Struggling Yorkshire Dales National Park ‘faces an existential crisis’

The Yorkshire Dales National Park is facing the biggest crisis in its 64-year history as a perfect storm of social and economic pressures have led to a stark warning that a radical shift in policy is needed to preserve centuries-old rural life.

New agri-innovations are brought to the fore today at the Yorkshire Agricultural Machinery Show at York Auction Centre, Murton.  Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.

Farms ‘must embrace emerging technology to meet challenges’

The government’s newly published long-term vision for the environment has only heightened the need for smart new technology to be deployed on farms, industry experts said.

Julian Sturdy, MP for York Outer,  in his constituency in the village of Knapton.

Plea for GCSE in agriculture issued by MP

A GCSE in Agriculture should be offered to teenagers around the country to help create a “better skilled and more productive workforce”, according to a North Yorkshire MP.

Arla is investing �460m in its global operations this year.

Arla boss explains new UK investment

The head of Arla in the UK said the co-operative is responding to changing perceptions of dairy as he announced the biggest nationwide investment in its processing capabilities in a decade.

The bottling plant at Arla Foods in Stourton, Leeds.

Two Yorkshire dairy sites to benefit from £460m Arla investment

Farmer-owned dairy cooperative Arla Foods has announced a plan to invest almost half a billion pounds this year as part of the company’s 2020 growth plan.

The formidable carrion crow.

Species with an unshakeable reputation for grave tidings

The intelligence of crows is legendary, as demonstrated this week in the new series of BBC Winterwatch, where a raven and carrion crow were pitted against each other in a range of tasks to establish the top bird brain of the crow family.

A hawfinch photographed by Robert E Fuller.

Rare hawfinch colony feasts on seeds at Yorkshire arboretum

These winged migrants usually prefer more southerly spots when they venture from the continent but a colony of 100 rare hawfinches have taken up residence in North Yorkshire.

Read Julian Norton's column first in Country Week, inside The Yorkshire Post every Saturday.

A physical challenge for Julian after cow gives birth to twins

Being on second call is a strange thing. The vet on first call is taking responsibility for everything that comes in, so it is generally quiet, but when the second on call vet is needed, it is usually urgent. Emma, the vet on first, needed some assistance early this morning. I set off straight away.

Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.

Farmers want permit charge rise to be delayed

Farmers have joined anglers in criticising the proposed increase to permit charges by the Environment Agency.

David Rawlings with the distilling equipment for his potato vodka at Priory Farm.

North Yorkshire potato farmer aims to lead vodka revolution

Vodka is the latest example of farmers driven to drink as they seek to make more from their resources in the ground.

An action group has been formed to oppose the proposed council tax rise on second homes in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, and to suggest alternative solutions to the long term viability of its communities. Picture by Tony Johnson.

New action group attacks proposed Dales tax hike on second homes

second home owners across the country could be singled out for crippling council tax bills if a proposal mooted by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority goes ahead, campaigners claim.

Picture by David Botham.

North Yorkshire nature tourism can boost the economy by millions of pounds, report claims

Nature tourism has the potential to add millions of pounds to the economy of North Yorkshire whilst boosting public health, according to the authors of a new report.

Jo Barnes stcoking up the gin selection at The Mile Farm Shop. Picture by Gary Longbottom.

Enterprise going that extra Mile near Pocklington

Take yourself off for a trip into the countryside wherever you go in God’s Own Country and you’re likely at some point to fall upon signs for farmhouse bed and breakfast accommodation, caravan and camping site or a farm shop.

Andrew and Gail Avison at Middlefields Farm, Melmerby, near Leyburn. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.

Drive for efficiency at Melmerby farm

Efficiency has been the dairy farmers’ mantra since those dark days of 2015 and 2016 when the milk price managed to find rather like Jacques Cousteau’s undersea world hidden depths to sink.

Adam Sedgwick.

Fascinating tale of Dales village’s famous geologist retold

One of the most photographed hunks of rock in Yorkshire, if not in northern England, is an enormous piece of pink Shap granite standing against a wall in the village of Dent’s cobbled market place.

Picture by Mick Kale.

Anglers fear permit price hike will hit habitat creation

Anglers have warned that huge price increases for permits to improve river habitats will jeopardise the future of citizen-led environment projects across the country.

Chairman of the Crop Health and Protection centre, John Chinn.

Yorkshire scientists on the brink of trialling new farm technologies

Scientists in North Yorkshire are just months away from putting groundbreaking new agricultural technologies to work for the first time.

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