Essex: Record take-up for food and farming day now in seventh year

Last year's Essex Food and Farming Day

Last year's Essex Food and Farming Day - Credit: Archant

An event aimed at helping primary schoolchildren learn more about food, farming and the countryside is enjoying a record take-up.

This year’s Essex Schools Food and Farming Day at Writtle College, Chelmsford, on June 5, is already heavily oversubscribed. The yearly interactive showcase - now in its seventh year - is organised by Essex Agricultural Society in partnership with the college and Essex County Council.

Since 2008, 18,000 children have taken part. This year’s event already has 470 children on the waiting list.

Karen Watson, Essex Agricultural Society’s school liaison officer, said: “We are always oversubscribed for the event, but the take up from schools this year has been far greater than ever before. It is encouraging to see so many schools apply for places.”

“The event relies on sponsorship and the generosity of our many exhibitors and Essex farmers who give up their time to make the day such a success. It is certainly an event to be proud of and we would welcome anyone interested in sponsoring the event to contact us.”

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Essex Agricultural Society is looking for event sponsors. If you can help, please contact Karen Watson, event organiser, at

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