Updated: Jul 27, 2022
“It has been just short of a year since we last graced the show ground here at Scone Palace, for the GWCT Scottish Game Fair! So when we were invited by Rory Kennedy to assist in opening this years fair, we were delighted to accept and it was a pleasure to have formed a guard of honour, whilst piping in Lady Mansfield with our very own Piper, beatkeeper Finlay Shand.
It was great to see everyone be able to get together and celebrate the industry again within such a short time frame, returning to the usual date of the first weekend in July, proving that normal service is resuming.
We were also pleased to be asked to perform our demonstration, which brought the ‘Moorland to the Mainring’ for the second year running and to see so many keen children want to get involved was excellent. Our MC Bruce was missed, however Mark, Colin & Ali delivered each day! The demo gave everyone a view of a typical year on the moor, see the general practices that are carried out by our hard working rural workers on our country’s Grouse Moors and the benefits they have not only to the wildlife which thrive on our management moorlands but also the benefits to our local rural businesses and communities.
I would personally like to thank the SRMG teams who worked hard over the weekend and helped to make it a success from our perspective, from the coordination team, the estates who provided the equipment and game, to those who helped set up and worked on the stand but also to all who pulled together for the demo! A lot of work goes in, in the background, over the three days and behind the scenes afterwards. We are also fortunate to have some dedicated volunteers in house, so thank you to Audrey, Sue, Mel, Abbie, Diane, Flo, Iona, Gill, Emma, Gemma, Grace, Alana, Lauren & Morgan!
A massive thank you to No. 9 Catering Services and Andersen & Sondergaard Wild Game Charcuterie for the delicious game tasters, Countryside Learning Scotland for guest speaking at our reception and Game & Country for donating our beating flags and Auchterhouse for the cartridges. Finally a special mention to Kirk Norbury Photographer for capturing the weekend for us! “ Lianne MacLennan, National Coordinator, Scotland’s Regional Moorland Groups.
See you next year……Date for the diary Friday 30th July 2023!
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