The Prince’s Countryside Fund celebrates Farmer Networks this National Countryside Week

July 20, 2020

The Prince’s Countryside Fund is celebrating National Countryside Week from 20th to 26th July, and the work of UK farm support groups.

The Fund is launching its National Directory of Farm and Rural Support Groups. The directory lists 69 regional, national, and membership organisations who can provide support, advice, and guidance to farming and rural communities. The directory signposts to support for farmers who might be in crisis. Poor mental health is on the rise in rural and farming communities, so making support groups easy to find and accessible is vital.

In a video message of support, Fund Ambassador Adam Henson has launched the directory. Adam told us: “I’m very proud to be an ambassador for The Prince’s Countryside Fund. Tragically, one farm worker a week takes their own life, so I’m pleased to be helping launch and support the National Directory for Farm and Rural Support Groups. This pocket-sized directory means that if you come across people in the countryside who are struggling and need support, you can point them in the right direction.”

Originally created by YANA, a farming mental health charity working across Norfolk, Suffolk, and Worcestershire, the directory has been updated to include 21 new support groups.