Cheshire East Council will again be supporting rural life across the borough this year, at two of the largest agricultural events in the region.
The Royal Cheshire County Show is this year celebrating 180 years of the Cheshire Agricultural Society on Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th June.
This is followed by the Nantwich Show and International Cheese Awards on Wednesday 25th July.
The Royal Cheshire County Show will see pupils from 15 primary and secondary schools from across Cheshire East performing at the ‘Music Bowl’ in front of thousands of visitors on the Wednesday.
As a principal partner of the show, this year’s event will include a range of branded banners across the Cheshire East Rural Life Area to highlight the council’s ongoing commitment to supporting rural life and the associated local economy.
During the last 12 months, the council has implemented an improvement initiative which has included a £2.4m leadership programme.
This has supported more than 60 rural businesses and colleges, including Nantwich’s Reaseheath College, through the closely linked Local Development Order programme.
In Cheshire East the rural economy represents around a third of the borough’s £3.6 billion economy and provides work for more than 65,000 people.
Cheshire East Council deputy leader Cllr Liz Wardlaw, said: “It’s important we are backing these magnificent rural events.
“During the year, we have been working closely with local businesses to support them in a variety of ways.
“We are very fortunate in Cheshire East to cover 450 square miles of beautiful countryside across the borough – this is a fantastic opportunity to showcase what we have to offer.”
Cllr Wardlaw added: “We are keen to promote Cheshire East as a visitor destination hotspot so that people can see the area in its full glory, as well as the good ongoing work.
“Our villages have been highlighted and recognised for Britain in Bloom awards as well as best kept villages.
“These events really help to encourage local people and visitors to spend more time and money in our beautiful borough.”
Each year, 16 million people visit Cheshire East, which last year generated an income of more than £895m.
Visitors planning a journey to The Royal Cheshire County Show can benefit from a free shuttle bus service to and from the showground, which has been organised by the council. The service will run to and from Knutsford and Hartford railway stations.
The Nantwich Show and International Cheese Awards will be open to the public on Wednesday 25th July, where they will be able to see winning cheeses from more than 130 countries.
Cllr Janet Clowes, portfolio holder for rural affairs, will be awarding the trophy for Champion Farmhouse Cheshire Cheese.