December 10 2013 Latest news:
Monday, October 14, 2013
Farmers, growers and food producers joined local dignitaries to celebrate the fruits of Suffolk’s harvest.
Hundreds of people involved with the local farming community converged on St Edmundsbury Cathedral yesterday for the annual Suffolk Harvest Festival.
In contrast to last year’s wet summer, 2013 has been a better year for farmers.
The traditional event offers a chance for the community to come together, reflect and give thanks.
The cathedral was transformed with flowers and seasonal displays, including sheep created by school children.
During the service, the Suffolk Agricultural Association’s long service awards were presented to those who have devoted many years to the industry.
The Farming School of the Year awards were also presented. The scheme is run by the Suffolk Agricultural Association and Cook With Me Kids to help teach the importance of real food.
The winners, from Britannia Primary School in Ipswich, were Ethan Stone, Hannah Darling, and Molly Bailey. Runners-up, from Heath Primary in Kesgrave, were Matthew Pryke, Daniel Nunn, Abi Henderson, Nicola Airey, and Courtney Smith. Also a runner-up was Molly Gidney from Barnham Primary near Bury St. Edmunds.
Professor Ian Crute, chief scientist of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, gave the address, during which he emphasised the importance of Suffolk’s 3,000-year agricultural heritage.
A collection was taken for farming charity The Addington Fund.