SAA News January 2018

Tractors into Schools

Primary schools across Suffolk will be subject to a week-long take over by tractors and their farmers for the annual education initiative, Tractors into Schools in February 2018.  Primary schools will see tractors appearing in their playgrounds and farmers spending time in the classroom talking to the children about where their food comes from and answering questions from pupils.  It will also give pupils the opportunity to inspect the state-of-the-art technologies in many modern day tractors.

Through Tractors into Schools, it is hoped that young people will gain a greater understanding of where their food comes from and the wider rural economy.  The initiative was set up in 2015 and is the idea of past Suffolk Agricultural Association (SAA) President Terry Hunt to create a fun and exciting way to inspire interest in food, farming and the countryside amongst young children.

Over 55 farmers take part to share their expertise and passion for food and farming. Phillip Ainsworth, SAA CEO said: “This is an example of a simple but highly effective initiative.  Tractors are synonymous with food and farming and a point of interest for young people.  This really does give us the opportunity to take the farm into classrooms across Suffolk with our food and farming messages in a way that is fun and engaging.  Hopefully this will create interest and understanding about how food is produced.”

Tractors into Schools will take place for a whole week from Monday 19 to Friday 23 February and is organised by the SAA.  Other education events include the School Farm and Country Fair, the Farming School of the Year Competition and the Food and Farming Student Day.  The Association is a charity with the overall aim of raising awareness of food, farming and the countryside and its importance to the county.

If you would like your school to be involved please contact the education department at the Suffolk Agricultural Association. or


Long Service Awards Entries are Open

The annual Suffolk Agricultural Association Long Service Awards, recognise people who have worked for the same agricultural/allied business under the same employment for at least 30 years and who have been at the heart of many farming businesses for decades. 

The awards are in four classes for those who have worked for a minimum of 30, 50 and 60 years as well as a Special Award for services to agriculture and will be presented by the SAA President elect, Baroness Byford at the 2018 Suffolk Show which will take place on Wednesday 30 and Thursday 31 May.

Entries are open to agricultural businesses who would like to recognise the achievements of their long serving employees and thank them for their loyalty and commitment.  Entries are now open and details can be found on the Suffolk Show website. The closing date for applications is 2 March 2018.

For further information and to download an entry form visit -


Trinity Park Events Christmas 2018 party theme announced

Over 3500 people joined us at Trinity Park to celebrate the festive season in style, photographs from the party nights can be found on our website and facebook page @TrinityParkUK.  Following a hugely successful Christmas party season the events team is now taking bookings for Christmas 2018 which is themed ‘Cirque de le Saison’.

Sales Manager, Leanne Smith commented, ‘ We are delighted with the feedback from the Fire and Ice Christmas parties and people are already booking for next year.  The events team have done a brilliant job providing such a high standard of service, food and entertainment.’

The events calendar is growing rapidly each year and 2018 will see Trinity Park host many indoor and outdoor events, as well as holding many of the Suffolk Agricultural Association’s education activities and the annual Suffolk Show.

Please see the website for more details about Trinity Park, booking information and the events diary.