Securing a future for the countryside

March 10, 2015

The Prince’s Countryside Fund held its first Forum last week at Warwick Racecourse. The day-long event brought together rural campaigners, charities and education providers to learn more about how the Fund’s grants can help support them in securing a sustainable future for British farming and the countryside.

The Prince’s Countryside Fund was founded by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2010 to help secure a brighter future for British farmers and the countryside. 

“Our first Forum was a fantastic success. Bringing our projects together and hearing from those who have received funding was inspiring. There are many people doing terrific work with support from The Prince’s Countryside Fund and having the opportunity to hear their achievements we hope will encourage many more to apply for funding” said Helen Aldis, Manager of The Prince’s Countryside Fund.

“Working together like this is the only way to improve rural livelihoods and keep our rural communities alive and the Forum was a wonderful way to encourage more collaboration this year.”

Tracy Nash, of Hampshire Fare, which received funding from The Prince’s Countryside Fund in 2011 commented “Thank you all for a brilliant day. It was great to meet like-minded passionate organisations.”

Following a welcome from The Prince’s Countryside Fund’s Trustee Elizabeth Buchanan CVO, LLD, FRAgS, a panel discussion of industry leaders reflected on the achievements of the Fund to date and how we secure a sustainable future for our countryside. Participants heard presentations from organisations who have received funding and were able to network and share best practice in workshops while meeting the team from the Fund to get advice on future applications.