Herefordshire Rural Hub has been selected to be part of The Prince’s Countryside Fund’s brand-new programme the “Farm Support Group Initiative”.  Over a three-year period The Farm Support Group Initiative will enable farm organisations like the Hub to increase their activities, with funding of £30,000 awarded in the first year.

Herefordshire Rural Hub has been working to support the rural community since 2004 and was founded by Cathy Meredith MBE, ARAgS, FIAgSA. The organisation has become the go-to place for training, events and support for farmers and farming groups in the county and it seeks to promote economic, social and environmental improvements in farming and rural businesses.

The grant from The Prince’s Countryside Fund, which is the only UK-wide charity that empowers family farms and rural communities to survive and thrive, recognises Herefordshire Rural Hub as important trusted local delivery partners.

Commenting on the funding Cathy says: “We’re delighted that The Prince’s Countryside Fund has recognised our work. Thanks to their support we are now able to make exciting changes at the Hub to increase our impact and help more farming businesses and families to flourish through these challenging times’

The Hub already provides free support to its 1000 members in the form of business development opportunities, funding opportunities, changes to rules and regulations, regular events and the hugely successful Rural Business Advice Day.  Through the Farm Support Group Initiative, Herefordshire Rural Hub have a brilliant opportunity to increase its impact even further and expand the types of support it offers its members.

Look out for more news on this in the new year!

Pictured: The Herefordshire Rural Hub team attended the launch of the “Farm Support Group Initiative” at the House of Lords in November

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