London buys 70 per cent of North Yorkshire’s grouse
Despite the widespread cancellations that have taken place this grouse season, estates in the North Yorkshire Moors Moorland Organisation (NYMMO) are managing to hold healthy shooting programmes, resulting in more than 70 per cent of the bag being supplied to restaurants and kitchens in London.
A spokesman from a local game dealer said: “Each season we take 90 per cent of the grouse available from estates in NYMMO. London is a huge market for grouse with 80 per cent of our young birds making its way to restaurants throughout the city.”
Game-loving locals aren’t forgotten. George Thompson of the Spaunton estate in Ryedale said: “The estate has recently invested several thousand pounds on converting a derelict building into a game meat handling room. This new room allows us to dress all game shot on the estate with no wastage whatsoever and reduce the carbon footprint of our fresh game meat.
“We supply everything we shoot into local businesses.” The Countryside Alliance’s annual Hunting Newcomers Week (15-21 October) held events Fife to Devon and reported excellent support, with many new subscribers.
Spokesman Henrietta Rutgers said: “It is clear to see that there is still a large market for hunting. It’s great to see so many packs, from foxhounds to hare hounds, taking part and giving everyone an opportunity to get involved, regardless of whether you own a horse or want to follow on foot. “
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