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. 

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

Email

Phone

Abergavenny, Monmouthshire

David Pett

David.Pett@ahdb.org.uk

07813454537

Ayrshire

Heather Wildman

info@saviourassoc.co.uk

07773519995

Bakewell, Derbyshire

Mary McNaught

marymcnaught@thefarminglifecentre.org.uk

01298 85162

Bishops Castle, Shropshire

Amy Fawcett

Amy.Fawcett@ahdb.org.uk

07805 804806 

Builth Wells, Powys

Megan Loynes

Megan.Loynes@ahdb.org.uk

07815 600240

Cockermouth, Cumbria

Bryan Nicholson

bryan.nicholson@ahdb.org.uk

07976 181103

Hailsham, East Sussex

At present contact Madeleine Fitzgerald

Madeleine.fitzgerald@bitc.org.uk

020 7566 8797

Hexham, Northumberland

Jo Speed

jo.speed@yahoo.com

07900 502860

Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

At present contact Madeleine Fitzgerald

Madeleine.fitzgerald@bitc.org.uk

020 7566 8797

Lanark, Lanarkshire

Heather Wildman

info@saviourassoc.co.uk

07773519995

Launceston, Cornwall

Kate Harris

Kate.harris@ahdb.org.uk

07929 203703

Northern Ireland

Clodagh Crowe

clodagh@ruralsupport.org.uk

028 8676 0040

Settle, Yorkshire Dales

Tina Swainston

Tina.Swainston@ahdb.org.uk

07717 496201

Taunton, Somerset

Michael Hardcastle

michael.hardcastle@ahdb.org.uk

07929 203699

Each location has been holding information sessions. There are two remaining in Wales planned for the New Year. These events provide an opportunity to meet the local team and find out more about what the programme entails.  If you would like to attend please let your co-ordinator know and don't worry if you missed the session in your area we still want to hear from you and have a few remaining places in each location.

Region

Introductory meeting date

Introductory meeting venue

Builth Wells, Powys

POSTPONED until 7pm on Thursday 19 January 2017

Smithfield Joinery, Road Wood, Maesmynis, Builth Wells, Powys, LD2 3HP

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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