Aiming for a squelch-free show

A DRAINAGE project is aiming to make Mirfield Show a drier place to be in August.

Passers-by at Mirfield Showground might have noticed some major activity on the site – part of the public area is fenced off and large pieces of equipment are at work.

It’s a project to improve drainage on the field, which suffers from water retention problems.

The field is in very poor condition following the winter rains and the scheme is being carried out on behalf of the Mirfield Agricultural Show Society, who will be paying for all the work.

Jake Hinchliffe from the Show’s volunteer committee, said: “There is land drainage on the site already, but this has become damaged over the years.

“Parts of the field are in a poor condition and significant areas are unusable after heavy rain.

“This work will improve the general condition and make event planning easier and less stressful.

“The field is owned by Kirklees and they have welcomed our efforts to improve the field.”

Show chairman Karen Bullivant added: “We have had bumper attendances at our show recently and we have carried out a number of improvements to the field over the last few years using the income from the show.

“This project is by far the largest and most costly we have done. This has been partly helped by a generous donation from Mirfield Town Council for the cost of the marquee on show day.

“But most of all, it is the people of Mirfield who come to the show year in year out, enabling us to carry out improvements to this fantastic community asset.”

The work is being carried out by Chappelow Sports Turf Ltd.

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