Dear Subscribers,

April has been another busy month with applications for funding closing, a royal visit to Cumbria and the launch of our photography competition in association with Archant Life. We also still have a few team and individual places left for our first ever clay shoot fundraiser on 15th May at the beautiful West Wycombe Estate. If you would like to get involved, please get in touch.

HRH The Prince of Wales in Cumbria

On Tuesday 3rd April we were joined by business leaders in Cumbria. The day started with a tour of Side Farm in Patterdale, which highlighted the importance of the countryside and the challenges it faces, particularly from the perspective of hill farmers in Cumbria. In the afternoon, HRH The Prince of Wales joined us at Greystone House Farm Shop and Tearoom in Stainton to meet beneficiaries of the Fund and hear from Orton Community Woodland, the Yorkshire Moors Agriculture Apprenticeship Scheme and The Farmer Network how the Fund has helped them.

Open Farm Weekend Northern Ireland

The public are being invited to don their wellies and get ‘down on the farm’ this summer as part of Open Farm Weekend, taking place on 23rd-24th June. The first project of its kind in Northern Ireland, Open Farm Weekend will invite the public to venture behind the scenes at participating farms to see the story behind Northern Ireland’s food and its journey from ‘farm to fork’. 

The event was officially launched at Belfast’s City Hall this month with a hatchery of chicks, a vintage tractor and a live local food cookery demonstration bringing the farm to the city and providing a flavour of what can be expected come June. 

Open Farm Weekend is being delivered by the Ulster Farmers’ Union and is supported by The Prince’s Countryside Fund with a £25,000 grant.

Oathall Community College Farm Shop

On Friday 20th April we attended the grand opening of Oathall Community College Farm Shop, by Alan Titchmarsh, ambassador for The Prince’s Countryside Fund. Thanks to a grant of £15,000 from The Prince’s Countryside Fund, Oathall will now be able to sell produce and meat sourced from the school’s five acre farm. Pupils will also help with its management, providing valuable business experience. The school provides vital farming experience, ensuring the next generation have a vested interested in preserving the future of the British countryside.

Head Teacher Edward Rodriguez commented, “We’re hugely proud to be opening the farm shop, thanks to the grant from The Prince’s Countryside Fund. It’s rewarding for students to see their local community enjoying the fruits of their labour, and also gives the local community a chance to support the students in return.”

Photography Competition is back for 2012!

Can you take a photograph that encapsulates ‘Life in the Country’? If so, you could be in with the chance of winning one of six £500 prizes. Six runner-up prizes also include a Musto Westmoor Jacket worth £195. This year you can enter a photograph that best captures Life in the Country  in one of six categories: Finest View, Down on the Farm, Countryside People, My Favourite Place, By the Sea, Wildlife. For further details on the competition please click here.

How to get involved

Keep in touch with us on Facebook and Twitter

Encourage any local projects that you know of to apply for funding when we open again for applications in September 2012.

Make a donation. We are able to accept donations over the counter at the Post Office and online at Virgin Money Giving. You can also TEXT PCF to 70300 and make a £3 donation directly to us from your mobile phone.

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