The Nidderdale Agricultural Society is pleased to announce this years special guest will be Dorothy Fairburn, Yorkshire’s regional director of the Country Land and Business Association (CLA).
Dorothy has a lifetime involvement with the farming industry in Yorkshire, beginning life as a farmer’s daughter on the North York Moors, where her brothers still farm, she then went on to graduate from the University of London (Wye College) with a degree in agriculture.
Later she qualified as a rural practice chartered surveyor (land agent) whilst working for Savills plc in London and York, dealing with sales and purchases of country estates as well as the management of investment estates for financial institutions.
Prior to joining the CLA in 1998, Dorothy worked for the National Trust in Yorkshire. There she managed over 30,000 acres of outstanding countryside (including Brimham Rocks) as well as being responsible for historic houses open to the public and the acquisition of major new properties –the highlight being the 7,000 acre Upper Wharfedale Estate, a gift from the Watson brothers in 1989.
In her spare time, Dorothy is a trustee and Vice-Chairman of Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) and has been involved with £20m worth of projects to benefit the Dales since its inception in 1998.
Earlier this year Dorothy was awarded an MBE in recognition of her 30 years service to rural affairs in Yorkshire.
Dorothy stated she was both thrilled and honoured to be asked to attend this year’s show and is looking forward to the day and to meeting the exhibitors and standholders who make the show such a success.
The Nidderdale Agricultural Society has also decided that due to the present economic climate, the admission charges for this year’s show will remain the same as last year; it was felt by the members of the committee that this would be their way of thanking those people who have continued with their un-dwindling support of the show year after year.