Case Study: Chelmsford Harvest Festival
The 2018 National Harvest Festival Service took place in the Dioceses of Chelmsford and Ely with support by HRH, The Duchess of Cornwall who wrote the foreword to the Order of Service.
The Chelmsford Service gave thanks for the food produced by its 1750 farmers across the 250,000 hectares of agricultural land in Essex.
Ely Cathedral ran weekend celebrations under the theme ‘For the Beauty of the Earth’ with displays of farming machinery, food, flowers, sheep and a wormery.
The Harvest Torch was blessed in Westminster Abbey and has travelled around England from Westminster Abbey to Canterbury and last year to St. David’s Cathedral in Wales. Made by Master Blacksmith Andy Hall, it’s a special sculpture symbolising the harvest and a beacon of the Love British Food campaign.
HRH, The Duchess of Cornwall has written a foreword for the Harvest Service programme in it she says, “Years ago, in Britain, Harvest Festival was almost as important a part of our nation’s calendar as Christmas and Easter so I am very pleased that the team behind British Food Fortnight is maintaining it as an important part of the nation’s year.”