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Support our work

The RIWAS is a registered charity, and all of our work is only possible through the support of our members. We support Island agriculture and the conservation of the natural environment; raise awareness and promote rural issues to all Island residents; and we offer financial support to help Island students further their studies in agriculture, the natural environment and land-based studies. Since the Rural Careers Fund launched in 2011 we have awarded nearly £30,000 of scholarships and bursaries to Island students, bringing skills and qualifications back to the Isle of Wight's rural economy.

We also operate the Wight Marque food provenance scheme to support the local food sector - enabling customers to guarantee that they are purchasing truly local food and drink if it carries the Wight Marque logo.

Our biggest event each year is the Royal Isle of Wight County Show, next held on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th June 2022, which is the only Island event which combines agriculture, livestock and equestrian events with traditional entertainment. We are proud to promote everything that makes the Island's agricultural and rural sectors special.

Membership benefits:

  • Discount Wightlink tickets - 20% for vehicle and foot travel. You can also receive a 50% discount on freight bookings. These can be booked directly with Wightlink using your membership details. Instructions for this can be found on the final page of the membership leaflet.
  • Free entry to the Royal Isle of Wight County Show
  • Additional benefits at the Show including: forward car parking, access to the Members' Pavilion, the opportunity to reserve a table for lunch and discounted Members' Lunch tickets.
  • Reduced entrance fees for Equine and Livestock classes at the Show.
  • Regular updates from RIWAS about our work.
  • The right to attend and vote at the Annual General Meeting.
  • Invitations to other events held throughout the year.

Corporate members also receive four additional passes to the County Show, the opportunity to display a corporate banner around the Main Ring, and a complimentary advert in the Show Guide.

If you'd like to support our work and become a member, please download and complete the application form, and return it to

Or by post to:

Shide Meadows Centre
Shide Road
Isle of Wight 
PO30 1HR

Members who pay by Standing Order will receive a £2 discount.

Download Membership Form

The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) is funded by Defra and the EU.
The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas.