The Prince of Wales, a patron of the event, met farming experts, looked at livestock and stopped at some of the 2,000 stalls at what is England’s biggest agricultural show.
Charles has long been a passionate advocate for agriculture, the countryside and sustainability so it was only appropriate that the show was the chosen venue for The Prince’s Countryside Fund to launch its farmers’ guide to environmental language.
The topic of how to adjust to the evolving challenges facing farmers has been high on the agenda for this year’s show and in advance of his visit, Prince Charles had spoken of his fears that small family farms are being put out of business - a trend that he said risks breaking “the backbone of Britain’s rural communities” as well as adding to environmental and climate change as a result of an increasing reliance on modern farming.
But in addition to the chance to discuss the future of farming with those on the agricultural frontline in the region, the royal visit to the show also lifted spirits and provided a reminder how good it is to have the event back after its Covid-enforced postponement in 2020.
Those fortunate enough to meet Charles and Camilla as they made their way around the site with show director Charles Mills spoke afterwards of their joy at the meeting the pair at one of the biggest public events since lockdown was eased.
It is yet another reason why this year’s show will be remembered for years to come.
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