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28th Oct 2022 - Next week the 89th National Fruit Show takes place at the Kent Event Centre


About The National Fruit Show:


Now entering its 89th year and dedicated to showcasing the British top and soft fruit, the National Fruit Show is the show 'by growers for growers'. Also new for 2022 is a focus on soft fruit at the show, including a new soft fruit technical forum.


Press release: 26 October 2022


The 89th National Fruit Show to be attended by HRH The Countess of Wessex


Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex will attend the opening morning of the 89th National Fruit Show at the Kent County Showground on Wednesday 2 November 2022. The Countess will tour the show, meet, and hear from industry leaders including fruit growers and supermarkets and observe The National Fruit Show education team during a demonstration careers session with local secondary school age children.


More information about the National Fruit Show and the education programme can be found at National Fruit Show Education


Sarah Calcutt, Executive Chair of The National Fruit Show, organised by Marden Fruit Show Society CIO comments: "We are absolutely delighted that Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex will attend the show.


Highlights will include meeting fruit growers, industry and retail representatives at a Marden Fruit Show Society roundtable discussion and observing a demonstration careers session."


Sarah Calcutt, Executive Chair of The National Fruit Show, expands...


"We are keen to raise the profile of the fruit growing sector here in the UK and in particular to expand the successful careers programme we run which is sponsored by AC Goatham & Son, Avalon Produce Ltd and One Pay.


We are sharing the message that there are a range of highly skilled careers opportunities in the sector seeking talented individuals. Within horticulture there are many exciting, technology driven developments taking place and we are working to bring together fruit growers and the businesses that supply them to create a world leading, stronger and more sustainable sector for the future.


Horticulture is a sector which I believe has been overlooked by schools' careers advisers in recent years and we aim through access to better education, to dispel the myths about working within it. Our longer-term aim is to also include apprenticeship placements and internships for those considering a career in the sector, meaning we support education including healthy eating from pre-school all the way up to graduate level."





The National Fruit Show is organised by growers and showcases the finest British apples and pears. The show is sponsored by BASF, Hutchinsons, N.P. Seymour Ltd, Worldwide Fruit, UKCA Ltd and Isolcell. It will also welcome many other distinguished guests including The Right Reverend The Bishop of Dover Rose Hudson-Wilkin who will bless and give thanks for the display of fruit, representatives from Government and visitors from across the world. The broadcaster, journalist and author Tom Heap will also be attending the show and taking part in industry discussions.




The broadcaster and writer Tom Heap will be chairing a debate at The National Fruit Show, Kent County Showground, Detling, on Wednesday 2 November 2022, (2pm-3.15pm) on Farming for the Environment.


The debate, part of the Rural Policy Group Red Talks is sponsored by MHA and taking part in the discussion are Emily O'Brien, Food and Agriculture Spokesperson The Green Party, Clarke Willis MBE, director of the Norfolk Food Enterprise Park, Philippe Binard, Secretary General, The World Apple and Pear Association, Dr Trisha Toop, Chief Technical Officer Agri-Epi, Sarah Dodds, Head of Agriculture and Partner at MHA and Joe Spencer, partner at MHA and Jose De Mayne Hopkins Head of Technical Sustainability & ESG Compliance and Reporting at MHA.


Sarah Calcutt, Executive Chair of The National Fruit Show, organised by the Marden Fruit Show Society CIO, comments: "We are delighted Tom is visiting the show and chairing a very important industry wide debate looking at one of the key challenges for all involved in horticulture and farming. This promises to be an informative and lively discussion and we look forward to hearing from our experts as well as those involved with fruit growing."





"Along with Tom we have a fantastic panel of speakers. During the two days of the show, we are joined by several important industry leaders and experts with a full programme of technical talks, organised by Growing Kent & Medway and the Worshipful Company of Fruiterers. We look forward to welcoming those involved in British fruit growing, the businesses they supply to and the businesses who support horticulture and farming."


The National Fruit Show is free to attend and you can register a place at and to register for the Farming for the Environment talk, go to


The English Apple Man will be present at the show, as a member of the tasting panel for this year's Tastiest Apple competition @ 11am on Tuesday 2nd November.


That is all for this week


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