Countryside Live finalise showpiece

041013  Chainsaw carver Mark Bell putting the finishing touches to a wooden bird of prey watched by Nigel Pulling the Yorkshire Agricultural Society's Chief Executive  who is holding Connie  a three year old Harris Hawk owned by Mark Bell .
041013 Chainsaw carver Mark Bell putting the finishing touches to a wooden bird of prey watched by Nigel Pulling the Yorkshire Agricultural Society's Chief Executive who is holding Connie a three year old Harris Hawk owned by Mark Bell .

A chainsaw carver is putting the finishing touches to a wooden bird of prey, which will play an important part in this month’s Countryside Live.

North Yorkshire-based carving expert Mark Bell will demonstrate his skills in readiness for the annual rural extravaganza which takes place on October 19 and October 20.

Chainsaw carving is one of the new elements for visitors to watch as the “little sister” event to the Great Yorkshire Show.

Tree surgeon Mark, who keeps a three-year-old hawk Connie at his home in Selby, will be giving demonstrations on both days.

He said: “I have been using a chainsaw since 1983 but started carving about 10 years ago.

“I have made a wide range of carvings – from a 10ft 6in tall bear and dragon’s head, to smaller birds of prey.”

“I use hard waste to create the sculptures – it’s noisy work but I hope visitors to Countryside Live will enjoy watching my demonstrations,” he said.

As well as Mark, new attractions at Countryside Live include a carriage driving competition and displays from the Tailwagger Dog Team.

Firm favourites making a welcome return include ferret racing, archery and the popular contest to find Britain’s most talented show jumper with equestrian Olympic equestrian stars Graham and Tina Fletcher in the judges’ hotseat. There will also be dozens of stands and classes for cattle, sheep, horses, honey, poultry and pigeons. Tickets can be bought in advance and cost £8 for adults and £4 for children with a family ticket, admitting two adults and three children, priced at £22.

For more information and tickets visit the website at www.countrysidelive.co.uk.