About the Society

The South of England Agricultural Society (SEAS) is a registered charity that funds and supports agricultural education and countryside learning.

What we do

Central to the Society’s remit is the provision of educational events, grants, awards, bursaries and scholarships for people with an interest or involvement in farming, agriculture and other related land based industries. All Society activities aim to celebrate, build awareness and develop understanding of the products that come from land based and allied industries, as well as the use and support of local suppliers.

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How we do it

The Society organises and hosts shows and events that promote farming, agriculture and the countryside, including its flagship event, the South of England Show, which takes place in June each year.

As well as delivering a wide range of educational events and services including conferences, seminars, school and college information days and competitions, the Society forges alliances with the European farming community through our International Farmlink scheme.

SEAS operates from the South of England Showground, a 150-acre site situated just outside Ardingly village in the heart of the West Sussex countryside.

Our history

The Society was founded in 1967 from a consolidation of agricultural societies going back to the 1830’s and works across the six counties of Berkshire, East Sussex, Hampshire & the Isle of Wight, Kent, Surrey and West Sussex.

We are committed to fulfilling our primary purpose of raising funds that help us provide agricultural education and support countryside learning across the regionIain Nicol, CEO

Annual Report

The Society and Event Centre Accountants, Creaseys reported a successful 50th Anniversary year with income from charitable activities and the Event Centre trading subsidiary growing by 5% and 12% respectively. With continued improvement in cost management the Society achieved a modest surplus for the first time since 2011.

Click on the links below to review the following documents relating to the AGM: Trustees Report & Financial Statement 2017; Proxy Voting Form 2019; New Nominations for Election to Council.

Articles of Association

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