National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

08 August 2019

More than 100 young farmers travelled from Yorkshire and County Durham to help the clear-up effort in the Dales village of Reeth after the area was flooded by recent torrential rain.

A human chain of young farmer helpers gathered up walling stones that had been washed away with the force of the flood water and started re-building the walls. It was a race against the clock to get the area cleared in time for the annual Reeth Show on 26 August.

Chairman of the Yorkshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs, Georgina Fort, has spoken of her pride at the organisation’s efforts to help flood victims.

“We were all so busy working there was no time to get emotional,” said Georgina, a dairy and sheep farmer from Silsden in West Yorkshire. “But when we stopped for a moment and looked out at what had been achieved over the day it was a very special moment.

“To be honest, I don’t think I’ve ever been prouder of Yorkshire’s young farmers. In spite of many of them having their own livestock to feed and look after before coming, they were ready to start work at 10am and didn’t stop all day. It was true camaraderie and young farmers’ spirit at its best.”

The volunteering was co-ordinated by local Dales YFC clubs Reeth and Skipton.

Georgia Hird, secretary of Reeth YFC, said: “The mums from Reeth YFC put on a picnic lunch for the volunteers and the local fish and chip van kindly served us tea.

“Everyone was so appreciative of our help and the community really pulled together to help clear the show field in particular. We then visited various other badly affected places including famers in Fremmington and Arkengarthdale. Although Swaledale will not return to normal for a long time, I think this has really helped to lift spirits.”

The wider young farmers’ family has also swung into action, with Newport Pagnell YFC in Buckinghamshire donating hay and straw to the flood-stricken Dales community too.


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