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Agricultural Society hosts national conference for show organisations

PUBLISHED: 14:00 21 December 2010 | UPDATED: 18:18 20 February 2013

Chris Riddle Trustee of RABI and ASAO; Lord Plumb retiring President of RABI; Paul Hooper Secretary of ASAO; HRH The Duke Of Gloucester President RABI; Mike Harman Vice Chairman of ASAO

Chris Riddle Trustee of RABI and ASAO; Lord Plumb retiring President of RABI; Paul Hooper Secretary of ASAO; HRH The Duke Of Gloucester President RABI; Mike Harman Vice Chairman of ASAO

More than 60 high-ranking delegates attended a national conference held in Sussex for organisers of the UK's popular annual agricultural shows attended by six million people each year

The Association of Show and Agricultural Organisations (ASAO) 2010 Annual Conference was held at the prestigious Copthorne Hotel Effingham Park, near Gatwick, hosted by The South of England of Agricultural Society (SEAS).


The three day event incorporated a tour of the South of England Centre at Ardingly, near Haywards Heath, including the Norfolk Pavilion, followed by lunch and a guided tour of Denbies Vineyard near Dorking, across the border in Surrey. During their stay delegates were also taken on tours of the Royal Pavilion in Brighton and the Brighton Lanes as well as Wakehurst Place, the Millennium Seed Bank at Ardingly and Squerryes in Kent.


SEAS Chairman, Brian Williams, welcomed ASAO delegates who enjoyed talks and presentations on industry topics followed by leisure time, dinners and evening entertainment organised by SEAS.


Among topics covered by the conference itself were Stewarding and the Future, DEFRA regulations, Health & Safety, Electronic Ticketing, Opportunities for your Showground and Society, and Digital Media.


Mr Williams said the Society was delighted with the take up of places at the Conference and the enthusiasm with which the three day programme had been received by the delegates.


Mr Williams said: The South of England Agricultural Society is very honoured to have been asked to organise this years conference. We hope all the delegates felt they learnt a lot from the speakers, the syndicate sessions and from the opportunities presented to network and talk to other ASAO members about the show industry.


Among the agricultural associations and organisations represented at the Conference were those from Cornwall, the New Forest, Herefordshire, Cheshire, Wales, Suffolk, Yorkshire, Staffordshire, Scotland and Northern Ireland.


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