The summer show season may seem a little way off, but the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society is celebrating today having received the green light for the development of its new showground on the site of the former Maze prison.
The new site, to be known as Balmoral Park, will host its first Balmoral Showjust five months away in May, so the hard work will now begin in earnest for the team to ensure things are in place in time.
Northern Irish Environment Minister Alex Attwood said the decision to give the go-ahead for the international-standard showgrounds and show rings would allow the annual Balmoral Show to take place in its new location in May.
“The Balmoral Show is an important event within Northern Ireland’s calendar. The proposed relocation by the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society (RUAS) is seen as a catalyst for further redevelopment on the Maze/Long Kesh site, which has been identified as a site of strategic importance.” The Department of the Environment (DOE) said it had received no objections to the plans.
The Farming Eye team wish RUAS the best of luck developing the new site and we look forward to reporting from the new showground in May.Read more