National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

21 December 2011

HRH The Prince of Wales today visited Riseholme College, part of the University of Lincoln, to meet the beneficiaries of a project awarded a grant by The Prince’s Countryside Fund, a charity set up by Business in the Community last year.  

In February 2011 the Lincolnshire Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (YFCs), which is based at the college, was one of six organisations to receive a grant from the Fund. The funding will enable young people in rural Lincolnshire access training in agricultural skills to help them into employment in the rural economy.  

The Prince’s Countryside Fund is the brainchild of The Prince of Wales who has a long-held commitment to supporting Britain’s hard pressed rural areas. It raises funds from a range of companies with a connection to rural areas which it gives out in grants to projects supporting the people who care for the countryside. As a result of grants given by The Prince’s Countryside Fund in its first year, over 3,200 young people will be reached through education projects, with a further 430 helped with employability skills, to help them to gain the experience needed for a career in the rural economy.

With 17 clubs in the county, all of which are run by the members, and just over 500 members, the YFCs enable young people to actively participate in their communities and learn new skills.

James Blore,18, a young farmer who has benefitted from the funding and met HRH, said “It has given us help with courses like trailer tests, forklift, spraying – certificates that we need to be able to work on a farm.  It was amazing to have the opportunity to talk to The Prince about the issues that we face”.

Angela Bruntlett, County Organiser, Lincolnshire Young Farmers Club said “The funding has enabled us to work with the young people to access rural training; it’s an exciting project that has raised the profile of young people in rural Lincolnshire”.

Lizzie Kershaw, Trustee, The Prince’s Countryside Fund said ‘It is fantastic to see how The Prince’s Countryside Fund is already having an impact on the ground just over a year after launching. Young Farmers Clubs are an absolutely critical part of the fabric of rural communities and helping young people with employability skills is just the kind of thing the Fund should be supporting in to enable vibrant rural communities in the future.’

The Prince attended a reception with members of the Lincolnshire farming community and supporters of The Prince’s Countryside Fund where he met the young farmers that have benefitted from the grant and made a speech. His Royal Highness also took part in a discussion with the young farmers where he heard their views on how to encourage more young people into agricultural careers.

It was fitting that this discussion took place at Riseholme Agricultural College, an institution which has been providing training and education for people involved in land-based industries for more than 60 years and has recently be named as one of the top ten places to study agriculture and land-based subjects in the UK.  

So far the Fund has donated over £800,000 to 22 projects, including over £43,000 to the Lincolnshire Young Farmers Club. The initiative covers the whole of the UK and well over 1,000 people have benefitted directly from its work, be they young people in rural areas struggling to get into employment, farmers in need of administrative support and training, or elderly people suffering from isolation.  


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