Bisley House
Green Farm Business Park
Bristol Road, Gloucester
GL2 4LY

Tel: 01452 880101

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Gloucestershire Root Fruit & Grain Society

Would like to thank Robin Smith the outgoing Chairman for all his support during the past two years.  Richard Albutt is our new Chairman with Kevin Kingston taking up the reigns of Vice Chairman

The Gloucestershire Root Fruit and Grain Society which is very much alive today, had an exciting start.  Back in 1863 two farmers came to blows in Gloucester Market, each claiming to grow better crops than the other. A peacemaker suggested that specimens be brought to Gloucester where independent judges would pronounce. The event attracted crowds of interested farmers and from it the society was born. In the early years annual shows were held at the Corn Exchange, but during the Second World War farmers could not take their produce to Gloucester so the judges went to the farms, receiving special allocations of petrol in the interests of food producing.

Judging on the farms enables a far wider range for competitions. Livestock is included. Interest in the society grew and competitions increases, though these have changed with the times as fruit has disappeared from schedules. Each year entries come over from all over the county, and the classes are categorised into championship areas, i.e. livestock arable, forage and farm. Then the points are added up to create an overall winner for the premier award.  This is the most sought after award, and the battle commences.