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Sun shines on 'best in show'

It's shaping up as a challenging year for the region's farmers - a year that started with hundreds of acres of farmland swamped by floods.

But the sun shone today for the start of the South of England Show and the message to consumers from farmers was simple - buy local.

Andy Dickenson was there and spoke to Environment Secretary Owen Paterson MP, Minette Batters of the NFU, and Michael Lambert of the South of England Society.

Man had beer thrown over him after confrontation

The man police would like to speak to about the incident Credit: Sussex Police

A 76-year-old man had a pint of beer thrown over him during a confrontation in a pub.

The victim was at the Gardeners Arms pub in Selsfield Road, Ardingly on Thursday 15th August when a man approached him, criticised him and began pointing at the victim's face.

When he tried to walk away, the man threw a pint of beer at him.

PC Grant Jones said, "I am keen to speak to anyone else who was in the Gardeners Arms on 15th August and who saw the drink being thrown or the events leading up to it.

"They may have only seen or heard part of what happened but we would still like to speak to them as soon as we can."

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting serial 776 of 16 August.

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VIDEO: Olympic shooter stars in countryside show

Organisers of the Autumn South of England Show say they saw bumper crowds today.

With the harvest in, many farmers are already busy planting next years crops. As well as dog trails, game cooking and woodcarving demonstrations visitors enjoyed clay pigeon shooting - and the chance to be taught by local Commonwealth Champion Charlotte Kerwood.

Andy Dickenson reports. He also speaks to Michael Lambert, Chairman of the South of England Agricultural Society, and Michelle Nuds, Vice Chairman of the Autumn Show.

Seeds collected for future generations

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The wildflower seeds are collected by the Kew Millennium Seed Bank Credit: Brighton and Hove council

Seeds from Bevendean Down have been gathered and stored in the Kew's Millennium Seed Bank to preserve them for future generations.

The project aims to collect seeds from the country's best downland sites to create new wildflower sites in the city centre.

The seeds were collected with a special 'brush harvester' machine which brushes the top of the meadow to knock the seeds out and catch them.

Volunteers have also been hand harvesting seed that can not be collected mechanically, from a variety of sites.

Brighton and Hove City Council Leader Jason Kitcat said: "We are delighted that Kew has recognised how good the site is and have targeted it to use for seed collection for the Millennium Seed Bank. It's a fitting tribute to the hard work and team effort."

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Seeds are collected by hand Credit: Brighton and Hove council

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