The Prince's Countryside Parade

The Prince's Countryside Parade

Rural charities come together to celebrate HRH The Prince of Wales's 70th Birthday

This summer the Royal Cornwall Show played host to a special celebration of HRH The Prince of Wales’s contribution to the countryside, environment and rural communities in the UK. In total, more than 60 patronages came together in a unique and colourful parade highlighting their work and achievements to date.

The event promoted their collective understanding of the scope of countryside, environment and rural activity and provides a legacy to share best practice in the future.

Thank you to Stephens Scown LLP for capturing the parade.

Chris Riddle, Secretary of the Royal Cornwall Show, “It is an immense honour and privilege to host such a significant national celebration of the countryside. I have been overwhelmed by the creativity of the patronages taking part and the distances many will travel to participate in the parade. The Royal Cornwall Show is at the heart of the rural community in Cornwall and it is a great pleasure to recognise the valuable work achieved by these charities here in the county and throughout the UK.”

Claire Saunders, Director of The Prince’s Countryside Fund said, “I am thrilled to be involved in organising this extraordinary event. It is the first time that so many of HRH The Prince of Wales’s rural charities have been brought together and will be a marvellous demonstration of countryside resilience and the collective impact of what can be achieved for future generations with a collaborative and united approach.” 

The following charities took part in the parade:

Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association
The Prince's Countryside Fund
Border Stick Dressers Association
Brecknockshire Agricultural Society
Cornwall Crafts Association
Devon County Agricultural Association
Gloucestershire Root, Fruit and Grain Society
Launceston Agricultural Association
London Cornish Association
Mid-Somerset Agricultural Society
Royal Cornwall Museum (Royal Institution of Cornwall)
Royal Bath and West of England Society
The Farming Community Network
Yorkshire Agricultural Society
British Hosta and Hemerocallis Society
Caring for God's Acre
International Tree Foundation
National Garden Scheme
National Allotment Society
Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew
The National Botanic Gardens of Wales
Tree Register of the British Isles
British Horse Loggers
Devon Cattle Breeders' Society
Hackney Horse Society
Lleyn Sheep Society
North Country Cheviot Sheep Society
Poultry Club of Great Britain
Rare Breeds Survival Trust
South Devon Herd Book Society
The Aberdeen Angus Cattle Society
The British Deer Society
The Dales Pony Society
The Marans Club
The Welsummer Breed Poultry Club
Atlantic Salmon Trust
Canal and River Trust
Flyfishers' Club
Marine Conservation Society
Royal Cornwall Yacht Club Sailing Trust
Salmon and Trout Conservation UK
Campaign For Wool
Duchy of Cornwall
Royal Academy of Culinary Arts
Royal Agricultural University
Social Farms and Gardens
Specialist Cheesemakers Association
Soil Association
Taste of the West
University College of Estate Management
Dry Stone Walling Association
Great Fen Project
National Trust for Jersey
Northern Fells Group
School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia
The Prince's Countryside Fund
Woodland Heritage
The Mutton Renaissance Club

The event showcased broad themes including wildlife and conservation, native breeds, food and farming, and heritage and skills. The breadth and diverse range of charities taking part in the parade provided an ideal opportunity to draw together and catalogue their collective achievements to date. HRH The Prince of Wales’s charities illustrate the complex and interconnected nature of the countryside and the features which make it unique, and to be cherished for future generations. It was delivered by HPower.

The Prince’s Countryside Parade took place in the main arena on Thursday 7th June 2018 at the Royal Cornwall Show.