Celebrating 50 Years

In 2017 we will be celebrating our 50th year of showcasing agriculture, horticulture and the countryside in the South of England. The South of England Agricultural Society is a registered charity, founded in 1967 from a consolidation of agricultural societies going back to the 1830s.

Working across the six counties of Berkshire, East Sussex, Hampshire & the Isle of Wight, Kent, Surrey and West Sussex, the Society is passionate about raising awareness of the countryside, food, farming and land based industries by providing learning opportunities for all ages, particularly the young.

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall

We are delighted that HRH The Duchess of Cornwall will be our President in this important year for the Society, which will culminate in a very special South of England Show that looks back over the achievements of the Society as well as our plans going forward into the next 50 years.

The Presidents charity this year is Brooke which HRH The Duchess of Cornwall is Patron. Brook is an international charity that protects and improves the lives of working horses, donkeys and mules which give people in the developing world the opportunity to work their way out of poverty. 


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Education and Innovation in Farming

Throughout the year we will be highlighting our educational work, planting the seeds to help children appreciate and understand where their food comes from and the importance of the countryside. We will be stepping up our work to nurture the seedlings, supporting young people to achieve excellence by taking part in projects and competitions which develop their skills. This work is done by working in collaboration with the land based colleges and schools in the South East.

We will also be branching out, supporting innovative farmers and helping share best practice internationally through our International Farmlink Travel Bursary scheme as well as supporting farming scholarships.

Said Charlie Burgoyne, Society Chairman, “All year, we will be working to promote and highlight the importance of farmers in today’s society – in a world where population growth threatens our food security and urban spread constantly puts our green spaces at risk.

Our British farmers grow our food and are the custodians of our beautiful countryside and we aim to remind people of what an important role they have to play in our society today.Charlie Burgoyne, Society Chairman
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