Dig deep for the showground

PUBLISHED: 12:08 28 December 2006 | UPDATED: 10:22 24 May 2010

AGRICULTURAL bosses are appealing to residents to stump up and help them conserve a piece of countryside for future generations. The North Somerset Agricultural Society, which owns the 130-acre showground at Wraxall, is asking people to donate £1 for ever

AGRICULTURAL bosses are appealing to residents to stump up and help them conserve a piece of countryside for future generations.The North Somerset Agricultural Society, which owns the 130-acre showground at Wraxall, is asking people to donate £1 for every acre they own, farm or enjoy.The appeal has been inspired by the society's past president John Alvis in a bid to raise further funds towards the ongoing costs of running the showground.The site is the home of the popular annual North Somerset Show, which attracts thousands of visitors to the area each year.A society spokesman said: "The showground provides an important communication link between urban and rural communities."The society is committed to the preservation of the countryside and any donations will contribute towards securing the future of the showground and providing a green space for future generations."We can do it with people's help and we are appealing to all our supporters to dig deep."The society bought the showground, once part of Lord Wraxall's Tyntesfield Estate, towards the end of 2002.The site is called Bathing Pond Fields and is named so because it has a Grade II listed bathing pond at its centre.In addition to the annual show, the society holds other events including a ploughing match and produce show in September.As a thank you from the society for all donations received by January 31, 2007, names of donors will be entered into a prize draw with the winner receiving a meal for two at the Cadbury House Hotel.Cheques should be made payable to NSAS, The Secretary, Hippisley's Farm, Wick St Lawrence, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, BS22 7YG. Anyone wanting to be included in the draw needs to include their name and address.For more information log on to the society's website at www.nsas.org.uk.

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