This year's Devon County Show has a new president - Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Devon, David Fursdon.

He takes up the reins from Sir Harry Studholme Bt who was show president in 2019.

David has been a member of the Devon County Agricultural Association for some forty years.

He is looking forward to putting the county’s agricultural capabilities firmly on the priority list for the 125th show.

He said: "The Devon County Show is an ideal platform for the agricultural community to showcase its past achievements as well as the great strides that are being made towards the future.

"Devon really is at the forefront of tomorrow’s farming. Farmers in the county are forward-thinking and are increasingly committed to implementing responsible and sustainable technologies as well as to producing healthy food."

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David has a long history in the agricultural sector. He is an honorary fellow of the Royal Agricultural University and has worked in agriculture and property across rural Devon for thirty years. He currently chairs the board of a progressive farming company that uses technology to try to improve sustainability.

"As a member of the association, I have been coming to the Devon County for over forty years.

"It’s always been one of my favourite events on the Devon calendar.

"I love the variety of activities at the show, and the way that it encourages interaction and introduces people of all ages to the rural values that form the very fabric of this county.

"I go to many shows but Devon County always has a special buzz about it."