Early does it for west Cornwall spring show
POOR weather and a change in farming habits could make for an interesting 89th year for the earliest spring show in the country. The West Cornwall Spring Show is due to be held at St John's Hall, Penzance this week.
The annual event, organised by West Cornwall Horticultural Society, gives competitors a chance to take part in a number of exhibits, showcasing the likes of evergreen shrubs and vegetables, alongside crafts, preserves and photography.
But with chilly temperatures and farmers having to concentrate more on their business than competing in shows, there are changes in the air.
"Who knows with this season? The weather has not been kind to us," said secretary Christine Ede.
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"We have had to take out the cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli categories because we haven't the growers. Farmers are quite busy now; things have changed."
Despite the move away from some categories, others are seeing a surge in popularity. The baking and preserve side has seen strong entries, as well as photography and craft.
The society is also trying to get more young people involved.
"We provided some schools with bulbs and we are hoping we will have some daffodils from children," said Mrs Ede.
An opening ceremony is set to take place at noon tomorrow, with garden consultant Ian Wright launching proceedings.
The show will run from 11am to 6pm on Friday and 10am to 4pm, Saturday with prizegiving from 3pm – www.wchs.co.uk