Celebrating 50 Years
2017 marked 50 Years of The South of England Agricultural Society and its work showcasing agriculture, horticulture and the countryside in the South of England. Founded in 1967 from a consolidation of agricultural societies going back to the 1830s, the Society is a registered charity working across the six counties of Berkshire, East Sussex, Hampshire & the Isle of Wight, Kent, Surrey and West Sussex,
The Society has developed and evolved over the last 50 years, while constantly staying true to it’s passion of 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
HRH The Duchess of Cornwall was the Society’s 2017 President in this important year, which culminated in a very special South of England Show that looked back over the achievements of the Society as well as focussing on plans going forward into the next 50 years.
The Presidents charity for 2017 was ‘Brooke’ which HRH The Duchess of Cornwall is Patron. Brooke 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.
Education and Innovation in Farming
Throughout the year the education work of the Society was highlighted, planting the seeds to help children appreciate and understand where their food comes from, and the importance of the countryside. Work was also stepped up to nurture the seedlings, supporting young people to achieve excellence by taking part in projects and competitions which develop their skills. This work was achieved working in collaboration with the land based colleges and schools in the South East.
Supporting innovative farmers also continued by sharing best practice internationally through the Society’s International Farmlink Travel Bursary scheme as well as supporting farming scholarships.
Said Charlie Burgoyne, Society Chairman at the start of 2017, “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 ChairmanMake a donation