South of England Agricultural Society

Our objectives

The Society’s remit is to promote agriculture, support farmers and raise awareness of the countryside. It actively seeks to promote knowledge of our rural community and an interest in agricultural issues.

The Society hosts conferences and seminars which support its objectives. It supports a wide range of projects that promote understanding of agriculture and the countryside - these include sponsoring individuals and funding curriculum enrichment in land based colleges.

Any special conditions or activities

International Farmlink –

Funding travel bursaries for individuals and groups. We award two bursaries each year worth up to £2,000 each to help individuals or groups fund international travel to study and learn about farming and agriculture around the world. Over the past 30 years, we have sent over 200 farming couples and groups on international exchange visits and study tours, fostering understanding and new relationships with other land-based colleagues. We have funded projects in agriculture, forestry, viticulture, horticulture, estate management, land-based tourism, smallholdings, equipment supply and fisheries. Reciprocal exchanges are encouraged but trips can also be one-off study tours.

Who can apply for a bursary?

Bursaries are available to individuals or groups.  Applications are welcome from people of all ages.

How do I apply for a bursary?

Complete the application form available from the SEAS website and

email to [email protected] or  post to Mrs M Ashdown, International Farmlink Committee, Sackville House, Old Crown Farm, Hartfield, East Sussex, TN7 4AW.


Nuffield Scholars

The South of England Agricultural Society has sponsored Nuffield Scholarships since 1979. Scholars are chosen because of their potential to provide leadership within the farming industry and rural community and to raise standards as a result of their work.


The Project Assignment Competition

This is open to all students studying at land-based colleges in the region and is designed to encourage individual research, to improve knowledge and develop study skills. The closing date is 1st July 2014. An independent judge is appointed and prizes of £150, £75 and £50 will be awarded to the top three entries in each category at a presentation ceremony to be held at the Autumn Show and Game Fair on 5th October 2014.For more contact  [email protected]


Young Craftsman of the Year

This unique competition, now in its 27th year, embraces two of the South of England Agricultural Society’s objectives, namely to promote crafts and skills and to encourage young people to extend themselves and produce work of the highest standard. It is hoped that the Awards will provide financial assistance, publicity and encouragement to successful competitors to pursue and extend their skills.

The competition is open to anyone, including students and apprentices aged 14 to 22 years on 1st September of the year of the competition, who lives or is being educated in Berkshire, Hampshire and Isle of Wight, Kent, Surrey, East and West Sussex’. Enquiries to enquiries to:Mrs Elizabeth J. Crockford, Livestock and Events Executive, email: [email protected]

How to contact us

Please see the relevant contact information above or use the links on the left

South of England Agricultural Society
The Showground
West Sussex
RH17 6TL

Contact name:
Debbie Wood
Position:Education Development Executive
Tel:01444 892700

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