Formed in 1997, the Farming and Rural Issues Group (FRIGSE) brings together all the main land-based organisations operating in the South East of England. Our membership consists of 14 organisations involved in farming, forestry, horticulture, agricultural engineering, contracting and consultancy.
We also have representatives from the land-based colleges, training organisations and the CBI. FRIGSE is recognised by Defra as part of the Rural and Farming Network which it created across England in 2012. This gives FRIGSE regular access to Defra Ministers and senior officials.
In short, we cover the waterfront in terms of the land-based economy of farmers, growers, foresters and the professions and industries which support them, as well as embracing organisations and individuals with social and environmental interests such as the National Trust.