On the 3rd August the Nuffield South West group organised the Nuffield Chairman’s Summer Party at Wood, near Bishopsteignton in Devon, kindly hosted by Julian and Jan Darling.

Over 50 Scholars and their families travelled through the high banked Devon lanes to tour the gardens, hear from this years scholars and see the Dunterton Beef Herd, all while enjoying a Hog Roast in the August sunshine.

After a tour of the gardens and the beautiful water features, (including a Polar Bear appearing over a dramatic waterfall) just to remind us that this was no ordinary garden.

As the temperature rose and the tour of the gardens came to an end, guests sat on the lawn under a tree for shade, while the three 2017 scholars (James Corbett, Tim Stephens and David Hitchens) spoke eloquently about their travels and their findings they will be sharing at the Glasgow conference this year.

The three diverse subjects included, building and leading a successful dairy business, the future of colony and caged egg production and how farmers and water companies can work together to ensure clean water. It was great to hear from 3 scholars passionate about their subjects and I hope the dress rehearsal was a useful exercise ahead of the big day in November.

A combination of the 2017 South West Scholars and the stunning gardens made for a wonderful day out and on behalf of all of who attended, I’d like to thank Julian and Jan Darling for making the day so memorable.

Richard Counsell

SW Secretary

South West Gathering in the Garden