Seascape is secret of Cornish success

The best of Cornish produce, woodlands, tourism, food and farming will be on display at this year’s Royal Show at Stoneleigh. But the secret ingredient that hopes to make the Cornish Excellence marquee a prize winner yet again is 'Ellen', a 17ft Gorran Haven crabber, owned by the Cornish Maritime Trust.

'Ellen' will be the star of the Cornish display, standing in the central feature that will dominate the exhibit. The maritime theme, bringing the Cornish coast to the heart of England, is continued in partnership with the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, exhibiting at the show for the first time, prior to its launch this autumn.

But the Cornish Excellence marquee is more than just sun, sea and sand. Carol Trewin, of organisers Cornwall Taste of the West, said that the partnership of several key organisations had created a superb display of exhibits for the show, which is held at the National Agricultural Centre, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire from July 1 - 4.

“Once again Cornwall will be able to demonstrate what it is that makes the county so special. Its rugged and dramatic coastline, its seascapes, its glorious countryside and – of course – its high quality speciality food.

“We will be exhibiting some of the finest Cornish produce and emphasising the close relationships between food, farming, the landscape and tourism, in other words all the county’s key economic activities.”

She added that a partnership involving several Objective One funded projects had brought together a wide range of activities, with some exciting new projects on display for the first time. New exhibitors this year include BJ Plants and Herbs and fine furniture makers Scott Woyka and John Thorpe, working with timber from Cornish woodlands.

“We hope that we can show that while Cornwall may be one of the most remote English counties, it is also one of the most productive, beautiful and economically vibrant, thanks to many of the new initiatives, such as ourselves, funded by Objective One.

“Being at the Royal Show is a unique showcase for the county’s key industries, but none of it could happen without the hard work and generosity of all those taking part.”

For more information contact Carol Trewin or Grace Lobb, Cornwall Taste of the West, 01579 349363 or mobiles 07812 561157, 07813 930013, or Tim Parr, Cornish Maritime Trust, 01841 532319.

Editors notes:

  • Cornish Excellence is at the Royal Show, Stoneleigh from July 1 – 4. A press briefing will be held at the show on Sunday June 30 at 1500 hours. It is on stand K447, block 51.

  • At the 2000 Royal Show, Cornish Excellence won both the best stand in show and best food stand awards. There was no show in 2001 because of the foot and mouth outbreak.

  • Exhibitors include A E Rodda and Sons, Crantock Bakery, Callestick Farm Ice Cream, Oughs, Working Woodlands, Cartwheel, Cornwall Taste of the West, BJ Plants and Herbs, Fentongollan Farm, St Merryn Meat and Duchy College.

  • Cornwall Taste of the West is a £3 million Objective One umbrella project, funded by the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF), the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) and private matched funding. It is part of the Taste of the West speciality food group. Cornwall Taste of the West’s four year project includes a trade development programme which is available to small and medium sized businesses that produce, sell or process speciality, quality food and drink products made in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. There is also a marketing grant scheme, and a capital grants scheme, run in conjunction with Business Link for Devon and Cornwall. For more information contact Carol Trewin or Grace Lobb, Cornwall Taste of the West, 01579 349363.

  • Taste of the West is the regional speciality food group for the six counties of the South West, offering business development and trade support to food & drink producers. It is supported by Food From Britain, the National Farmers’ Union and Defra.

  • The Cornish Maritime Trust was set up to preserve historic working boats and their gear. For more information contact Tim Parr, 01841 532319 or 07971 522525.

  • The National Maritime Museum Cornwall is an independent new museum, and is a collaboration between the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich and the former Cornwall Maritime Museum in Falmouth. It is funded by the South West Regional Development Agency, Heritage Lottery Fund, the Government’s single regeneration budget, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and by private sector contributions. For more information contact Tamsin Loveless, 01326 313388 or see www.nmmc.co.uk

  • The Cornish Excellence project is also supported by the South West Regional Development Agency, Cornwall Enterprise and Cornwall Farmers Limited.

  • Jason Clark
    Communications Manager
    Objective One Partnership Office
    Castle House
    Pydar Street
    Truro TR1 2UD
    Tel:01872 241379
    Fax:01872 241388