Grouse shoot­ing good for busi­ness

Many ru­ral York­shire busi­nesses ben­e­fit tremen­dously from the trade brought in by grouse shoot­ing par­ties, says new sur­vey

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Grouse shoot­ing in North York­shire is ex­pected to con­trib­ute more than £100,000 to ho­tels, restau­rants and pubs through­out this sea­son.

Nine es­tates alone sur­veyed by the Nid­derdale Moor­land Group will be host­ing 150 driven shoot days over the next four months and it is es­ti­mated that this will re­sult in around 1,000 overnight stays for guests, which will di­rectly ben­e­fit lo­cal busi­nesses.

Ben rams­den of the group said: “Grouse shoot­ing plays a vi­tal role in sup­port­ing the lo­cal ru­ral com­mu­nity where em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties can be lim­ited. es­tates spend vast sums of money with lo­cal traders in­clud­ing me­chan­ics, butch­ers, dry­s­tone wallers, fenc­ing con­trac­tors and builders, as well as the con­tribut­ing spend from grouse par­ties vis­it­ing the Nid­derdale area be­ing a much­needed boost to lo­cal tourism op­er­a­tors. For many, grouse shoot­ing is a sig­nif­i­cant part of their busi­ness.

“Any one driven grouse day can bring to­gether up to 50 peo­ple, young and old. It is a very so­cia­ble oc­ca­sion and most re­turn to catch up with old friends and en­joy a healthy day out on the moors, which is im­por­tant for some liv­ing in what can some­times be an iso­lated ru­ral area.”

caro­line and Mal­colm Whi­taker, own­ers of the crown ho­tel in Mid­dlesmoor, which is play­ing host to shoot­ing par­ties this sea­son, said: “each year from Au­gust on­wards, we wel­come many grouse shoot­ing par­ties which ac­counts for a sig­nif­i­cant pro­por­tion of our an­nual rev­enue. Be­ing a des­ti­na­tion place we very much rely on sport­ing par­ties.

“We are very for­tu­nate to have such beau­ti­ful coun­try­side on our doorstep man­aged for red grouse and it is great to see so many peo­ple from home and abroad at­tracted to this part of the coun­try. We get a lot of re­peat busi­ness as a re­sult of grouse and pheas­ant shoot­ing, with all vis­i­tors en­joy­ing a warm wel­come.”

the sur­vey re­vealed that each grouse moor will em­ploy around 35 staff on a shoot day, in­clud­ing lo­cal young­sters, gen­er­at­ing about 5,000 work days of ad­di­tional em­ploy­ment through­out the sea­son for beat­ers, flankers, load­ers, pick­ers-up, caterers and oth­ers as­sist­ing on the shoot.

“We get a lot of re­peat busi­ness as a re­sult of grouse shoot­ing”

turn to p.12 to read ed­i­tor Pa­trick Gal­braith’s ex­pe­ri­ence of the Glo­ri­ous twelfth

ho­tels, pubs and restau­rants in york­shire do es­pe­cially well from the trade brought in by grouse shoot­ing

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