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.

 Hooson Award

Applications for the Hooson Award are now closed. Entries for 2017 will open in January.

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.

Lady Astor Award

Applications for the Lady Astor Award are now closed. Entries for 2017 will open in January.

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.


Scholarship Scheme

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, Viticulture, Equine, Veterinary and Animal Management, Environment and Conservation
  • Courses must be studied in the UK. Applications for international colleges/ universities will not be considered.

How much would be allocated?

All students would be allocated up to £1000 per year for up to three years of their course.

How many students would be eligible for funding?

The Kent County Agricultural Society is looking to fund three new students each year, totalling nine students over a three year period.

What can students use the scholarship for?

Students can use the scholarship for any reasonable costs connected with going to college / university, including tuition fees, accommodation costs, living expenses, or equipment to help them study.

Are scholarships paid directly to applicants?

Yes – the grant money will be paid into your bank account at the beginning of September (or the start date of your course) each year you are in full time education (for a maximum of three years).

How long does the scholarship last?

Students can apply for a scholarship for each year of your degree course, or for the remaining years if you first apply part-way through your course (and are living in Kent). Unfortunately, we can’t offer study grants for previous years of study that have already been completed.

Do students need to re-apply each year?

In general, we expect to continue awarding students a scholarship for as long as their degree continues, provided that:

  • They continue to study full-time, at the same university.
  • The college / university confirm that their academic performance is satisfactory.

What would the Society expect in return?

Successful applicants should expect to have direct involvement with the Society and would be expected to visit the Showground at least once during their course. Involvement could include: Presentations at Society Council Meetings, Social media – through Facebook / Twitter posts, blogging etc., Helping to man the education displays at the Kent County Show, PR to promote the SocietyProfile on the Societies website.

How do potential students make an application?

To apply, students need to fill in the online application form.

Students will be shortlisted and will be interviewed by members of the Kent County Agricultural Society Board and Farming & Education Committee prior to a decision being made. Interviews for shortlisted applicants will be in June 2016. All applicants should be available for interview in the month of June. We will aim to meet your time requests, however if this is not possible we will be unable to consider your application any further. All applicants will be responded to by the end of July 2016.

The application process has now ended for 2016 – please check back in the new year for 2017 applications

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 you can download the form below and return to the Show office no later than Friday 19 May 2017. Email or send to Hannah Stimpson, Executive PA, Kent County Agricultural Society, Kent Showground, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3JF

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.

How to apply: Download the application form below or request by emailing


Award deadline: Friday 19 May 2017.

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 Woodreeve 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 7 July 2017 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