Harrogate showground prepares for pole climbing

NADV 140402AM2.  Yorkshire Show director Bill Cowling checks on one of the 93ft. climbing poles erected at the Yorkshire Show Ground. (140402AM2)

NADV 140402AM2. Yorkshire Show director Bill Cowling checks on one of the 93ft. climbing poles erected at the Yorkshire Show Ground. (140402AM2)

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New climbing poles measuring 93ft tall have been craned into position at the Great Yorkshire Showground in readiness for this year’s farming showcase.

The huge poles, made from 70-year-old Douglas Fir trees, will be used for against-the-clock climbing competitions to be held at the Great Yorkshire Show.

This year’s event runs from Tuesday 8 to Thursday July 10, with around 135,000 visitors descending on Harrogate for what has become the country’s premier agricultural show.

Pole climbing competitions are staged over the three days, and see competitors from across the world race against the clock in a bid to beat the world record - currently standing at 9.61 seconds for climbing an 80ft pole.

The new climbing poles have been given by Dawnay Estates near Scarborough and travelled the 60 miles to the showground on a low loader and with a police escort.

There has been a long connection between the two organisations as Dawnay Estates’ Director, Robert Sword, has been the Great Yorkshire Show’s chief forestry steward for the last 25 years.

In addition, the tree felling was undertaken by Ron Peacock and Dave Milner who last year received their 30 year Royal Forestry Society Long Service Awards at the event.

As well as the pole climbing competitions, the forestry area will have an extensive programme over the three days – ranging from chain saw carving to working horse demonstrations.

For more information visit www.greatyorkshireshow.co.uk.