Preparations for the South of England Show are on the home straight with the London 2012 Food for Sport theme providing an extra dimension to this year’s bumper countryside event.
More than 80,000 people are expected to flock to Ardingly, near Haywards Heath, for the annual South of England Show from 7 – 9 June. With the Olympics following a few weeks later, the Show will highlight its own Food for Sport theme with the very best produce from the region’s top farmers and growers.
Among those embracing the Food for Sport concept is the National Farmers’ Union which is staging a topical interactive farmyard display, to demonstrate the importance of a healthy diet to athletes across all sports, as well as emphasising the benefits of buying from local producers to cut food miles and support the rural economy.
Visitors will be able to find out about seasonally produced British food bearing the Red Tractor mark, the symbol of farm-assured producers and suppliers to the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games. They will also be able to have a go at kneading bread and milling wheat into flour.
The Farming & Wildlife area is playing host to Brinsbury and Plumpton Colleges - Plumpton is marking the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with a display featuring 60 years of farming. The South Downs Sheep Society will be rubbing shoulders with the South Downs National Park stand, and sheep shearing, fly fishing, falcon flying and thatching will all be demonstrated in this area. Children can view live bats and reindeer, examine pond life under a microscope and find out how to grow mushrooms.
Come along to the 2012 South of England Show as we celebrate not only the special Jubilee week but all that the great Sussex countryside has to offer.
Published 14th May 2012
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