We’re celebrating The Prince’s Countryside Fund’s National Countryside Week (20th to 26th July).

Showcasing their support for UK farm support groups, the Fund has launched 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 and signposts help for farmers who might be in crisis. With one farmer a week taking their own life, making support groups easy to find and accessible is vital.

Keith Halstead, Executive Director of The Prince’s Countryside Fund said:
“We are proud to be able to support UK farm support groups, both financially through our grant programme, and by highlighting the importance of their work in our National Directory of Farm and Rural Support Groups. Over the past year, through the work of our Farm Support Coordinator Diane Spark, we have been supporting these networks to share best practice, communicate more easily with each other, and advocate on their behalf to government and other bodies. Our aim for the future is to make these networks more sustainable and help them to grow, ensuring that all UK farmers can receive local help when desired. Thank you to our partners for their backing of the National Directory of Farm and Rural Support Groups and our work looking after the people who look after the countryside.

Liz Lloyd, Chair of Herefordshire Rural Hub said:
“The production of our newsletter has always been a key function of the Herefordshire Rural Hub.  We rely on grants and other fundraising activities to be able to continue to do this to support over 1200 farming and rural businesses in and around Herefordshire.  Therefore we are extremely grateful to the Prince’s Countryside Fund and NFU Mutual Charitable Trust for their support at this time, which has enabled us to continue getting information out via the newsletter, our website, and other social media.”

Find out more about National Countryside Week 2020

And if you would like to find out more about the Fund’s grant making activity, please visit www.princescountrysidefund.org.uk

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