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Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme to save small farms ‘under threat’

The five-year initiative will help tackle some of the ’biggest challenges’ UK small farm businesses face and support their sustainable future. 

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The Prince's Farm Resilience Programme will offer help to dairy, livestock and mixed family farms
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Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme to save small farms ‘under threat’

Declining farm-gate prices over the last three years has put an ‘unprecedented strain’ on farm businesses with the average farm income falling below £20,000 for the first time in almost ten years.

 

The Prince’s Countryside Fund has launched a new ‘major’ programme to provide free practical and essential business support and one-to-one guidance to 300 farm businesses across 15 regions throughout the country.

 

Endorsed by HRH the Prince of Wales, the Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme will help farmers to ‘build confidence in their own business’ and ‘evaluate viability and long-term sustainability’.

 

HRH the Prince of Wales said: “The small farms which have been such an integral part of Britain’s landscape for thousands of years are under threat.

 

“My Farm Resilience Programme is designed to respond to those threats by helping up to 300 farm businesses. It is the most far-reaching programme ever offered by my Countryside fund.”

 

The £1.5 million five-year initiative will begin with special introductory sessions during November and December to encourage farm businesses to find out more about the programme to help tackle ‘some of the biggest challenges’.

 

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The Morrisons Foundation, a charity set up by the supermarket, awards grants for charity projects which ‘improve people’s lives’.

 

Since the initial launch in 2015 over £6 million has been donated to charities in local communities across the UK.

 

Claire Saunders, director of the Prince’s Countryside Fund said recent years have proved tough for small family farms.

 

She said: “To retain a thriving sector, we need to ensure we have a diverse farming sector and support the vibrant small farm businesses which are such a vital part of the rural landscape.

 

“By offering this programme of free, expert help and advice during these times of uncertainty, we will provide small farm businesses with new skills to help them build their business to be more resilient in the future.”


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Introductory Sessions

Date Location Time Contact
November 22

AYR, AYRSHIRE

Dumfries House KA18 2NJ

 

11 am Heather Wildman 07773 519995
November 22

LANARK, LANARKSHIRE

Overton Farm Cafe ML8 5QF

 

7 pm Heather Wildman 07773 519995
November 29

LAUNCESTON, CORNWALL

Shire Horse Room PL15 8QE

 

11 am Kate Harris 07929 203703
November 29

SETTLE, YORKSHIRE DALES

Royal Oak Hotel BD24 9ED

 

7 pm Tina Swainston 07717 496201
November 28

TAUNTON, SOMERSET

Taunton Rugby Club TA2 8BU

 

7 30 pm Michael Hardcastle 07929 203699
November 30

BISHOPS CASTLE, SHROPSHIRE

The Three Turns Inn SY9 5BW

 

7 pm Amy Fawcett 07805 804806
December 02

COCKERMOUTH, CUMBRIA

Mitchells Livstock Auctioneers & Valuers CA13 0QQ

 

11 am Bryan Nicholson 07976 181103
December 05

BAKEWELL, DERBYSHIRE

Farming Life Centre SK17 9TQ

 

6 pm Mary McNaught 01298 85162
December 09

HEXHAM, NORTHUMBERLAND

Vallum Farm NE18 0LL

 

7 pm Jo Speed 07900 502860
December 13

HUNTINGDON,

CAMBRIDGESHIRE

The River Mill PE19 8GW

 

6 30 pm

Madeleine Fitzgerald 020 756

8797

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