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Charitable Activities

The Yorkshire Agricultural Society is best known for organising the Great Yorkshire Show, but this is only part of its work.

It also arranges a programme of events and supports individuals and organisations involved in agriculture as follows:

  • To support and promote agriculture, rural and allied industries throughout the North of England including championing the role of farmers as providers of high quality produce and encouraging consumers to choose healthy and local produce;
  • To advance and encourage agricultural research and greater understanding and empathy with farming and thecountryside amongst the general public and particularly children;
  • To advance and encourage the protection and sustainability of the environment;
  • To hold in pursuance of its main objectives an annual agricultural show;
  • For such charitable purposes as the Trustees in their absolute discretion see fit

In 2016 we supported the following organisations

The Yorkshire Agricultural Society (YAS) allocates a sum of money each year to activities and organisations that achieve the YAS’s objectives. The YAS has established a Charitable Activities Committee that meets three times a year to oversee its agreed activities and allocate funds.  Find out more on Grant Applications & how to apply here.

The application will be reviewed at the next Charitable Activities Committee meeting and applicants informed in writing afterwards.

Additional help can be found with the following organisations;

Farming Help
Confidential help for all in the farming community.  The Farming Help Charity help lines are manned by real people who will direct you to specific personnel in Yorkshire very promptly and efficiently.  These helpline contact details are listed below:

Farming Community Network (formerly Farm Crisis Network)
Practical/pastoral support for farming people

03000 111 999 - Confidential Helpline - (7am - 11pm every day)
[email protected] - E-Helpline

[email protected]

Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution
Welfare and financial assistance

0808 281 9490 - Confidential Helpline 
01865 724931 (office hours)

[email protected]

Addington Fund
Rural Housing Scheme

01926 620135 (Weekdays 9am - 5pm)
[email protected]


Helping those working in or retired from horticulture

General helpline 0800 093 8543
Debt advice line 0800 093 8546
Enquiry number 1800 093 8510

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