The roots of Three Counties Agricultural Society lie as far back as 1794 when John Clerk of Builth published his book, ‘General Views on Agriculture in the County of Hereford’. He observed that there was no agricultural society in the county of Herefordshire which led to the formation of Herefordshire Agricultural Society in 1797 when George III was on the throne of Great Britain and Napoleon was invincible throughout Europe. The first show took place on Broad Street in Hereford in 1798 and the Society later developed into Three Counties Agricultural Society with the amalgamation of Worcestershire in 1894 and Gloucestershire in 1921.
The Three Counties Show rotated between Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire until the Three Counties Showground was purchased by the Society and the first show was held on the permanent site in 1958 with HM The Queen Mother as guest of honour. The agricultural show has become one of the most significant in the UK and was awarded Royal Status in 2014 under the patronage of HRH The Princess Royal.
Meanwhile, the Society has developed its other shows including RHS Malvern Spring Festival which is a partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society. Founded in 1984 to bring the ‘Chelsea’ experience to the Midlands and South West, the festival enjoys national recognition with many RHS Gold Medal standard exhibitors.
Please visit threecounties.co.uk to see the full portfolio of events produced by Three Counties.