Heathfield Show says young are farming’s future

Young farmers pictured at a recent Heathfield Show
Young farmers pictured at a recent Heathfield Show

As the days get longer, Heathfield’s thoughts turn towards... the Heathfield Show!

With gates going up and growing numbers of exhibitors and trade stands, the Show is already inked in the diaries of most farmers and countrylovers across the South East.

This year the show, now in its 68th year, has a new president, Jeremy Courtney who has been dairy farming at Crouch’s Farm, East Hoathly, for more than 50 years. Along with other business interests, Jeremy is active in the agricultural world, including the Plumpton College Charitable Foundation and the South of England Society.

He has a passion for education, particularly the young, where he sees the future lies for agriculture in the UK.

Spokeswoman Nicola Magill said: “Our new president plans to assist the Show in promoting the event across the region ensuring that our rural economy benefits to the maximum from the shop window that the Show provides to all local businesses.”

New chairman, Graham Mosey, announced that children under 17 accompanied by a full paying adult will not have to pay to attend the Show.

He said: “To quote a much used, but apt phrase, children are the future generation and we are looking to them to carry the banner of agriculture forward. Our aim, by offering entry into the show free of charge to them, is to encourage the young to be interested in our region and be proud of what we represent. By including them in the Show we hope to be able to achieve this long term objective.”

Tickets will be available to buy online at discounted rates before the Show day (May 23) from April 1. Adults: £13.50, concessions £13. Tickets will also be available direct from the Show office or local shops.

World class Australian quad bike stuntman Matt Coulter, aka The Kangaroo Kid, and his son Sam will perform in the main arena.

Matt has regularly appeared on the Guinness World Record, You Bet and Don’t Try This at Home TV shows, has set world records for quad jumping and jumped a flying plane twice.