New Defra Secretary of State as Owen Paterson steps down

Elizabeth Truss MP was appointed Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 15 July 2014. She is the Conservative MP for south west Norfolk.

New Minister for research and innovation as David Willets steps down

Greg Clark replaces David Willetts as minister for universities and science

The NFU Stand at The Great Yorkshire Show

Here is the NFU stand that won the Doncaster  cup at The Great Yorkshire Show last week.


Well Done to Ingleton Primary School & Birkwood Primary School on their wins at The Great Yorkshire Show

STC were proud to Sponsor the Young Grower competition and the trophy

Ingleton Primary School won the garden vegetable box competition



Birkwood Primary School won the biodiversity box and as part of their prize they have received a day at STC looking at the biodiversity work we do.


National Farmers’ Union scoops top trophy at Great Yorkshire Show

Members of the National Farmers Union are celebrating after taking the top prize in the Great Yorkshire Show’s Garden Show after a 12-month break.

Graham Ward, Chairman of the NFU, celebrates their Doncaster Cup win

Judges awarded the prestigious Doncaster Cup for the Best Exhibit in the Flower Show to the NFU.

Last year the NFU was beaten into second place by members of The Delphinium Society – but this year they pulled out all the stops with their display in a bid to take the title.

And their hard work paid off.

Graham Ward, Chairman of the NFU’S Great Yorkshire Show committee, said he was delighted.

“This is a great result for all the growers in Yorkshire and showcases the fantastic quality of fruit and vegetables grown in the county,” said Mr Ward.

The NFU also took the best floral/horticultural exhibit award, while the best educational award went to members of the Leeds District Allotment Gardeners Federation and the National Dahlia Society won the best society award.