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The Royal Isle of Wight Agricultural Society launches new Gardening and Outdoor Living Area at 2017 Royal Isle of Wight County Show

This year’s Royal Isle of Wight County Show on 25th June is set to be bigger and better, with the launch of a brand-new area, encouraging us all to spend more time in the great outdoors.

The Gardening & Outdoor Living Area, sponsored by Jewsons, will have something for everyone, from gardening to mountain biking, for every pace of life and lots of advice on how to get more out of life in our beautiful countryside.

Jewsons General Manager for the Isle of Wight, Ron Bowler, explained their involvement,

“With Jewsons being such a well-established business with its roots in the Island culture, we feel it’s right that we support the 2017 Royal County Show and look forward to sponsoring the Garden and Outdoor Living Area.

We are sure the work done over the past few years by a dedicated team is the springboard to placing our County Show back on the map of county shows, showcasing the Isle of Wight and all that is has to offer from business to leisure.”

Taking inspiration from the world’s best gardening shows, 10 inspirational show gardens are being planned, created by local designers, organisations and charities to showcase their skills and inspire us all with ideas to take away and recreate at home.

The Gardening & Outdoor Living Area will also house the new, County Show Theatre space, which will host the Show’s ‘Gardeners Question Time’ and throughout the day a timetable of fascinating seminars, demonstrations and workshops.

With lots of extra trade stands offering all you might need to fully enjoy this year’s season and well beyond.

Graham Biss, County Show Chairman said “this new dedicated area dovetails extremely well with the existing activities at the County Show and responds to the feedback we received after last year’s show. We hope it allows local businesses to showcase their products and services and gives visitors to the show the opportunity to learn more about particular aspects of gardening and the varied outdoor activities which take place on the Island”.

Almost an event in its own right, Gardening & Outdoor Living is set to become one of the most popular areas of the County Show, now in its 118th year, as it continues to grow with audience expectations and deliver its legacy as one of the Islands premier events.

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Editor Notes

Royal Isle of Wight Agricultural Society (RIWAS).

The RIWAS is a member led registered charity that works to:

* Support Island agriculture and the conservation of the natural environment

* Raise awareness and promote understanding of rural issues to all Island residents

* Offer financial support to help Island students to further their studies in agriculture, the natural environment and related subjects.

RIWAS arranges the Royal Isle of Wight County Show, the show where cattle, sheep and poultry come first. A fantastic day out for all the family, combining entertainment and fun with the opportunity to enjoy many aspects of Island country life and farming. Proceeds from the Show support the RIWAS Rural Careers Fund – a scheme which offers financial support to people aged under 25 (and exceptionally, older) and with a strong connection to the Isle of Wight. The scheme is intended to add value to the Isle of Wight’s farming and land-based industries by offering financial support to help young people gain relevant qualifications or skills.

There are two categories of award from the Fund:

Scholarships of up to £3,000 each are awarded annually.

Bursaries of up to £200 which are considered regularly throughout the year.