I spent the morning at an engaging conference organised by Richmondshire District Council and the Yorkshire Post at Tenants Auction House in Leyburn. The theme was about how to keep young families in rural areas.
In some respects we are very aware of where our food comes from as we see sheep and cows every time we drive anywhere in the area. But abattoirs are also a crucial part of the supply chain getting food on to our plates at home.
The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) is the independent body that oversees the Dales. I met with Chief Executive David Butterworth to understand more about what the Authority does and its interaction with the local community.
Another session at a Farmers Auction Mart, this time in Leyburn. In spite of it being store cattle day, the topic farmers most wanted to speak to me about was the electronic identification (EID) of sheep (tagging).
After a £2 million refurbishment, Richmond’s Green Howards Museum reopened its doors rather fittingly on Remembrance Sunday. Coming to visit the museum later that week it was clear that this poignant time would it make it a particularly special visit.
An afternoon spent visiting local businesses provided an inspiring end to the day. It was fantastic to see such entrepreneurial and varied companies all operating just a few miles outside of one of the oldest market towns in England.