South of England Agricultural Society announces Charity of the Year 2022

The Society is delighted to announce that Elizabeth Buchanan CVO LLD FRAgs will return as Chair of the Charity.

Elizabeth was president in 2020, but the pandemic meant working together was very limited, so the charity decided to invite her back for 2022.

A former private secretary to TRH the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, and previously press secretary to Lady Thatcher, Elizabeth is a non-executive director of DEFRA, an adviser to Waitrose, Saputo Dairy UK and McDonald’s UK & Ireland.

The South of England Agricultural Society announces Charity of the Year 2022 and the return of the President.

She also sits on the BBC’s Rural Affairs Committee and runs her family’s organic beef farm in Nutley, East Sussex.

For 2022, Elizabeth has chosen the Prince’s Countryside Fund as the Society’s Charity of the Year.

Established by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2010, the charity aims to improve the prospects for family farming businesses and the quality of rural life.

The Fund provides over £1million in grants and initiatives each year, supporting projects across the UK that help ensure a secure future for the countryside.

Elizabeth said: ‘Having visited the show ground since childhood and shown our Sussex cattle there on many occasions, it is a huge honor and privilege to be again appointed President of the South of England Agricultural Society . The Society sits at the heart of the farming community in South East England and, as agricultural policy undergoes its biggest change in seventy years, is perfectly placed to raise awareness and support through its shows and other activities. charities. I am extremely grateful that the Prince’s Countryside Fund, which cares about people who care about the countryside and therefore all of us, is their charity of the year.

Corrie Ince, Show Manager of the South of England Agricultural Society, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Elizabeth has once again accepted the role of President. His boundless enthusiasm and passion for the land and our cause is second to none. His selection of the Prince’s Countryside Fund as our charity to support throughout the year could not be more fitting – supporting land-based industries and people with an interest or involvement in agriculture, horticulture and campaign is central to our overall goal.

Alongside Elizabeth, Tim Waters, Chairman of Mid Sussex Timber, will serve as the company’s Vice Chairman for 2022 in recognition of his outstanding support of the company in many different roles for over 40 years, including as administrator of the charity until recently.

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Amalia H. Mercado