The Land Rover Bursary
We have teamed up with Land Rover for the third year to offer The Prince’s Countryside Fund Land Rover Bursary. To find out more about the bursary watch our video with BBC Countryfile Presenter and Land Rover Ambassador Adam Henson click here.
Five young people have been chosen to have the lease of a Land Rover Discovery Sport for a year to support their career in farming or another rural business.
The winners were awarded the vehicles at Loseley Park in Surrey alongside vehicle handling training from Land Rover Experience to prepare them for all terrains and weather conditions, and teach them about the vehicle’s range of on and off-road features and towing capabilities.
The 2016 Prince’s Countryside Fund Land Rover Bursary list of winners includes:
Lewis Steer, 21, Lily Warne Wool, Chudleigh, Devon: Lewis runs his own wool business, taking sheared wool from his flock of rare breed Greyface Dartmoor sheep. His Lily Warne Wool (named after his great great grandmother) is one of the only in the country to carry out the entire woollen process ‘from farm to yarn’, and focuses on reconnecting people with British Wool. He will use the Land Rover Discovery Sport for his day-to-day shepherding, moving the sheep between rented land and to access other farms to buy wool and skins through the co-operative he has set up, supporting other local farmers to gain more from their stock.
Steven Holmes, 28, Farm Yard Ales, Cockerham, Lancaster: Based on his family’s farm in Lancaster, Steven is in the early stages of creating a new microbrewery. Once trading, he plans to support other independent breweries through a system known as cask swapping which involves sending full casks to other breweries who then sell on your behalf, allowing each breweries product to travel further and sell on a national level. The casks are then returned full and the process is reciprocated, reducing logistical costs. Steven will use the vehicle to pull a flatbed trailer to assist with deliveries and collections of the craft beer in and around Lancashire in the early stages of his start-up business, whilst conveying the British farming heritage behind Farm Yard Ales.
Ashley Stamper, 24, Contract Hill Shepherd, Northumberland: Ashley is a contract hill shepherd working in Northumberland covering 9,000 acres of land. Breaking away from the family beauty business, Ashley is paving her own career in sheep farming, taking on tasks including lambing, dosing, crutching, and foot trimming. Ashley will use the Land Rover Discovery Sport to transport her sheepdogs and feed down farm tracks that are inaccessible in her current car. She plans to get her trailer licence during the course of the year and use the vehicle to tow livestock for farmers within her community.
Helen Reeve, 34, Dairy Farmer from Alburgh, Harleston: Helen works full time on a dairy herd, looking after over 300 Jersey cows, which involves milking, calf rearing and cleaning. She also owns her own herd of pedigree Dexter cattle that are reared for breeding and beef production. Helen will use the vehicle to transport feed for the cattle through tricky terrains and across dirt tracks in her area. She will also use it to transport the cattle themselves which she is currently unable to do in her current compact vehicle.
Tomos Evans, 29, Sheep Farmer from Carmarthen, Wales: The retirement of Tomos’s parents led him to take up the family farming business and continue to lead their livestock enterprise. Since 2012, he has developed a successful flock of pedigree Texel sheep, pedigree Coloured Ryelands, Black Limouosins and 150 Welsh Mules. Tomos will use the vehicle to access his rented land in eight different locations and to tow the animals from field to field for grazing, as well as to shows and sales.
We will be open for applications again in the new year. To find out more about the bursary please contact Louisa Meadows on 020 7566 8749 or by email.