The Kent County Agricultural Society have the following Charitable Objectives and in addition make a number of awards each year.

  • The improvement of agriculture, forestry, horticulture, allied industries, rural crafts and the breeding of livestock.
  • The demonstration of improved methods connected with the above.
  • The holding of an Annual Show in Kent.
  • The encouragement of agricultural and horticultural education, research and experimental work.

Scholarship Scheme

Entries for the Scholarship Scheme are now closed. They will reopen in the Autumn for 2018.

The Kent County Agricultural Society has set up a scholarship scheme to help fund up to nine students through their degree courses for each year of their studies.

Who can apply?

To be eligible to apply, students need to be:

  • A resident of Kent at the time they apply for the scholarship. Any applications made by students who are already studying outside of the county will not be considered.
  • Aged 18 to 25 when they commence study on the course.
  • Studying for a full-time college or university degree based course. Applications will be considered in any field studied in the following areas.
    • Agriculture – arable and livestock
    • Horticulture
    • Forestry
    • Equine
    • Veterinary and Animal Management
  • Courses must be studied in the UK. Applications for international colleges/ universities will not be considered.

Please download the full conditions and FAQ’s for the Scholarship Scheme prior to application:



Hooson Award

This is to be awarded for the ‘Best submission from a Kent student who is going to undertake study leading to an academic, training or work-based qualification in agriculture, horticulture or the rural sector.’

To qualify, applicants should originate from Kent, be under the age of 21 and either in further education or planning to enrol for an agricultural qualification or apprenticeship. We require a written submission explaining what you will be studying, why you want to complete the course, what you hope to do in the future and how any funding received will be used. A shortlist will be selected by the KCAS Education and Awards Committee, after which applicants may be required to attend an interview before a final decision is made.

The winner of this prize will be awarded £500 and will be invited to give a presentation at the December KCAS Council meeting.

To apply, please complete the online form below or download the hard copy and return to the Show Office.

DEADLINE: Friday 29 September 2017

Lady Astor Award

This is to be awarded to the “Best Young Farmer of the Year”.

Nominations for an individual member should be made direct from the Club Leader (this award is not to be confused with the Best Young Farmer Competition run by KFYFC). This is fantastic way to reward a member of your club for the hard work and dedication that they have shown.

Nominations should detail reason(s) why the individual has been nominated for the award, what they have done to influence their club and what their plans for the future are. This is open to all affiliated Kent YFC clubs. See above for contact details and deadline. This will be judged by the KCAS Education and Awards Committee, who will contact Club Leaders to arrange interviews if appropriate.

The winner of this prize will be awarded £250.

To apply, please complete the online form below or download the hard copy and return to the Show Office.

DEADLINE: Friday 29 September 2017 

Awards to Agricultural workers for long service.

Nominations are restricted to employees of current members of the Kent County Agricultural Society and open to employees of farmers and land owners who have completed a minimum of 25 years’ service without intermission (war service excepted) on the same farm/estate or under the same employer (employee does not have to be a member of the Society).

If you would like to nominate an employee who meets the criteria please contact or on 01622 633053.

A Long Service Certificate, an engraved tankard / goblet and £50 will be awarded to each employee eligible for this award. Prize winners at 2006 – 2016 Shows are not eligible for awards this year.

Applications are now closed. They will reopen in the Autumn.


Woodland and Forestry Awards

The Kent County Agricultural Society offers a number of annual awards for recognition to woodland and forestry related activities. As a charity and owners of ancient woodland ourselves, we recognise the important role that both paid members of staff and volunteers play in managing and enhancing woodlands across Kent.

The CLA Trophy, Edward Hardy Trophy and R.D Keeler Trophy all represent different skills and responsibilities of woodland and forestry activities and management. The applications will be considered by the Kent County Agricultural Society Woodland Committee and recipients will be informed by the end of May.

The winners will be presented their trophy at the Kent County Show on Friday 6 July 2018 which will be engraved and theirs to keep for one year.

Please find further details about each award and application forms below.




How to apply: Download the application forms above or by emailing