Lon­don buys 70 per cent of North York­shire’s grouse

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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. “

For a Box­ing Day meet list­ing visit www.coun­try­side-al­liance.org

Grouse is prov­ing pop­u­lar in Lon­donrestau­rants

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