National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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08 May 2017

Applications for The Prince’s Countryside Fund (PCF) Land Rover bursary are now open and successful applicants receive a 12-month loan of a Land Rover Discovery Sport.

The annual bursary, in its fourth year, is aimed at rewarding the UK’s most enterprising and entrepreneurial young people working in rural Britain. The bursary has proven to be a springboard for success for talented rural workers for the last three years.

As part of the life changing opportunity, five winners will be provided with the Discovery Sport, known for its capability over a wide variety of terrains and weather conditions, alongside Land Rover off-road and all terrain driver training.
Helen Reeves, an associate member of Norfolk FYFC, was a successful applicant to the bursary in 2016 and said that the use of the Discovery Sport has helped develop her rural business Waveney Dexter Beef.

Helen, who rears a herd of pedigree Dexter cattle for breeding and beef production, said: “Without the Discovery Sport I wouldn’t be in the position I am today. I wouldn’t have been able to grow my business in the way that I have – both because of the publicity I received after winning and due to being able to transport feed across difficult terrains and dirt tracks, to make meat deliveries.

“It has opened so many doors and wherever you go, you have that royal stamp on the side of the vehicle so everyone thinks you’re by royal appointment – it’s such a talking point,” said Helen who was driving a Nissan Micra before winning the 12-month loan of the Discovery Sport.

Claire Saunders, Director of The Prince’s Countryside Fund said “The past winners of the bursary have seen their businesses go from strength to strength over the year and we are excited to be offering the opportunity to more new beneficiaries. There is a real need for young people to be supported in every way possible and with so many more keen to get into rural industries or develop their own businesses, we’re excited to see how these vehicles can help them achieve their dreams.”

Applications are open now online and must be completed online by Wednesday 31st May 2017. The Prince’s Countryside Fund Land Rover Bursary is open to UK residents aged between 21 to 35 living and working in a rural area.




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