The Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme

The Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme

Family farms are at the heart of the British countryside and their health is vital for the future of our rural communities. The last three years of declining farmgate prices has put an unprecedented strain on farm businesses. In response we have developed a programme of support for small family farms built on the successful delivery model of The Prince’s Dairy Initiative.

Interested in taking part? 

The Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme is being run annually in 15 locations around the UK. It is open to small dairy, livestock and mixed family farm businesses and includes a series of free workshops and one-to one guidance. This year the programme is being offered in the following locations: 

Abergavenny- Monmouthshire; Ayr- Ayrshire; Bakewell- Derbyshire; Bishops Castle- Shropshire; Builth Wells- Powys; Cockermouth- Cumbria; Hailsham- East Sussex; Hexham- Northumberland; Huntingdon- Cambridgeshire; Lanark- Lanarkshire; Launceston- Cornwall; Northern Ireland; Settle- Yorkshire Dales; Taunton- Somerset. 

We still have places available to join the programme in the following locations:

Hailsham

Cockermouth

Builth Wells

Taunton

If you think that you would benefit from time off from the farm to look at your business and get advice and ideas on how you can improve what you do then please sign up to find out more or get in touch with your local co-ordinator using the contact details at the bottom of this page.

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Why The Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme?

“It is a good thing to stand back and look at the business with a critical eye every now and then. The past week has seen me look hard at various aspects of the farm where changes can be made to be more efficient.”

Against a backdrop of continuing uncertainty farmers have to make critical decisions every day for their business and their family. Our research commissioned from the University of Exeter into the viability of the small family farm explored the longer-term prospects for family farms. Through this programme we address some of the issues by providing essential information, handy tips and advice.

By taking part farmers will be able to build their confidence in their own business and identify the next steps and changes needed for their farm.

Through our programme of free workshops and one-to-one guidance, The Prince's Farm Resilience Programme will give farm businesses the tools to evaluate their viability and long-term sustainability, enabling them to make informed business decisions on their future direction. 

Contact us

Below are the contact details for the local co-ordinators.

Delivery Region

Co-ordinator Name

Contact details

Sign-up deadline (subject to availability of places)

Abergavenny, Monmouthshire

David Pett

David.Pett@ahdb.org.uk /

07813454537

15th February 2017

Ayrshire

Heather Wildman

info@saviourassoc.co.uk /

07773 519995

31st January 2017

Bakewell, Derbyshire

Mary McNaught

marymcnaught@thefarminglifecentre.org.uk /

01298 85162

3rd February

Bishops Castle, Shropshire

Amy Fawcett

Amy.Fawcett@ahdb.org.uk /

07805 804806 

2nd February 2017

Builth Wells, Powys

Megan Loynes

Megan.Loynes@ahdb.org.uk /

07815 600240

15th February 2017

Cockermouth, Cumbria

Bryan Nicholson

bryan.nicholson@ahdb.org.uk /

07976 181103

15th February 2017

Hailsham, East Sussex

Catherine Daw

catherine.daw@plumpton.ac.uk /

01273 890454 ext.2633

15th February 2017

Hexham, Northumberland

Jo Speed

jo.speed@yahoo.com /

07900 502860

13th February 2017

Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

Holly Howsam

Holly.Howsam@ahdb.org.uk /

07767 001543

14th February 2017

Lanark, Lanarkshire

Heather Wildman

info@saviourassoc.co.uk /

07773519995

31st January 2017

Launceston, Cornwall

Kate Harris

Kate.harris@ahdb.org.uk /

07929 203703

19th January 2017

Northern Ireland

Clodagh Crowe

clodagh@ruralsupport.org.uk /

028 8676 0040

8th February 2017

Settle, Yorkshire Dales

Tina Swainston

Tina.Swainston@ahdb.org.uk /

07717 496201

15th February 2017

Taunton, Somerset

Michael Hardcastle

michael.hardcastle@ahdb.org.uk /

07929 203699

15th February 2017

Want to take part but the programme isn’t in your area? Please get in touch and let us know if you would like the programme offered in your area or to find out about other projects we are funding through our grant programme to support farm businesses near you. If you have any questions about the programme then please do not hesitate to get in touch with Maddy Fitzgerald on madeleine.fitzgerald@bitc.org.uk / 020 7566 8797

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