Celebration of Sussex food and farming

First published: 11 October 2022

Bishop of Chichester Martin Warner with West Sussex NFU chair Dominic Gardner and representatives of FCN (Farming Community Network www.fcn.org.uk), Chichester Food Bank and Chichester young farmers’ club.

Bishop of Chichester Martin Warner with West Sussex NFU chair Dominic Gardner and representatives of FCN (Farming Community Network www.fcn.org.uk), Chichester Food Bank and Chichester young farmers’ club.

A celebration of Sussex food and farming took place at Chichester Cathedral on Sunday 9 October.

Residents joined West Sussex farmers and growers to give thanks for the county’s harvest during the service led by Martin Warner, Bishop of Chichester.

The service was organised to mark the end of the harvest period by FCN (Farming Community Network) and supported by the NFU and members of Chichester young farmers’ club (YFC).

Visitors arriving at the Cathedral were greeted by the sight of two tractors from commercial farms in the county. Inside were displays of seasonal produce donated by Runcton Farm Shop, near Chichester, and Sompting Pumpkins.

West Sussex NFU chair Dominic Gardner, from Patching, near Worthing, who gave a reading, said afterwards: “West Sussex farmers deliver a safe and secure supply of affordable food, while caring for the country’s iconic landscapes. It was great to celebrate this at such an important time in the farming calendar.”

A collection was held for Chichester Food Bank.

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