South of England Agricultural Society announces the return of its 2020 president
They also announced the Charity of the Year for 2022
Elizabeth Buchanan CVO LLD FRAgs will return as president of the association. Elizabeth was president in 2020, but the pandemic meant collaboration was very limited, so the association made the natural choice to invite her again for 2022.
Former private secretary of TRH, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, and previously Lady Thatcher’s press secretary, Miss Buchanan is a non-executive director of DEFRA, adviser to Waitrose, Saputo Dairy UK and McDonald’s UK & Ireland, and sits on the BBC’s rural affairs committee. Elizabeth also runs her family’s organic beef farm in Nutley, East Sussex, which was established in 1976, meaning she is no stranger to both the politics and practicality of the farming industry.
For 2022, Elizabeth selected the Prince’s Countryside Fund as the Society’s Charity of the Year. Created by HRH the Prince of Wales in 2010, the association aims to improve the prospects for family farming businesses and the quality of rural life. The Fund provides over £ 1million in grants and initiatives each year, supporting projects across the UK that help ensure a secure future for the countryside.
This includes the Prince’s Farm Resilience Program, a highly successful business skills training program, which provides advice to family farming businesses at 15 sites each year. It was run from Plumpton College in 2016 and 2017 and operates this year in the High Weald AONB. The Fund also commissions research into issues affecting farm families and rural communities, acts as a campaign advocate by bringing together individuals and businesses to help address current challenges, and helps communities in crisis through to its Emergency Fund.
President, Elizabeth Buchanan said, “Having visited the Fairgrounds since I was a child and shown our Sussex cattle there on numerous occasions, it is a tremendous honor and privilege to be reappointed President of the South of England Agricultural Society. located in the heart of the farming community of South East England and, as agricultural policy undergoes its biggest change in seventy years, is uniquely placed to raise awareness and support through its shows and other charitable endeavors. am extremely grateful that the Prince’s Countryside Fund, which cares for the people who take care of the countryside and therefore all of us, is their Charity of the Year.
The South of England Agricultural Society exists to fund and support agricultural education and promote rural learning in the counties of South Kent, East and West Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and Berkshire. Their support for the Prince’s Countryside Fund in 2022 will include raising awareness through their network of members and supporters and the ability for the charity to fundraise at their various events held throughout the year, including the very popular South of England Show which takes place on June 10, 11 and 12, 2022.
Corrie Ince, South of England Agricultural Society Show Director, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Elizabeth has once again accepted the role of President. His enthusiasm and boundless passion for the land and our cause are second to none. Its selection of the Prince’s Countryside Fund as a charity to support throughout the year could not be more fitting – supporting land-based industries and people with an interest or involvement in agriculture, horticulture and the countryside. is at the heart of our overall goal. “
Alongside Elizabeth, Tim Waters, President of Mid Sussex Timber, will be the company’s vice president for 2022 in recognition of his outstanding support to the company in many different roles for over 40 years, including as administrator of the association until recently.
Elizabeth, Tim and representatives from the Prince’s Countryside Fund will be attending the South of England Agricultural Society’s next event – Spring Live! April 23-24, 2022 at the South of England Showground in Ardingly, West Sussex. For more information visit www.seas.org.uk