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Harvest Thanksgiving for Scotland’s farmers to be held at St Giles Cathedral

Tractor and combine harvester will be in situ on  the Royal Mile for an all and no-faith church service tribute to our food producers.

The Royal Highland & Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS) will host an inaugural Harvest Thanksgiving this Sunday (1st October) at the historic St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh. This extraordinary event will honour the hard work of Scottish farmers and primary food producers, whilst highlighting the need to reduce food waste.


From 11am to 12pm, the free-to-attend Harvest Thanksgiving event will bring the countryside right into the heart of Edinburgh with a tractor and combine harvester on proud display in Parliament Square beside the Cathedral.


The event will feature a display of ‘wonky’ seasonal fruits and vegetables, typically rejected by supermarkets, to create a vibrant display. The produce will be generously donated by local farmers from East and West Lothian, afterwards it will be donated to charities including, The Salvation Army, Cyrenians and Social Bite.


Open to everyone, the Harvest Thanksgiving will feature a heartwarming Sunday all and no-faith service with readings by former RHASS Chaplain Angus Morrison.


The featured tractor  are kindly provided by RHASS Director MBE Bill Gray.


RHASS Chairman, Jim Warnock, commented:

“Our first Harvest Thanksgiving celebration will celebrate the resilience and tireless efforts of Scotland’s farming community, all while supporting great charities. RHASS champions rural Scotland and all those who work in it, and at this time of year they are under huge pressure. Join us at St Giles Cathedral this Sunday to show our appreciation for those who put food on our tables.”


For further information about the work of RHASS, visit rhass.org.uk


Harvest Thanksgiving - all and no-faith service

1 October 2023

11am - 12pmSt Giles Cathedral

Royal Mile


Free to attend


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