The Prince’s Countryside Fund Land Rover Bursary 2016 - Opening Soon!


Terms and Conditions

  • Only information within the application form will be considered. Please do not send any supplementary documentation.
  • There cannot be any profit made from the vehicles (through hire etc)
  • All applications will be acknowledged via email.
  • Successful applicants who are shortlisted will be visited by a member of the PCF/ Land Rover team for an interview and visit. This will take place in June.
  • Winners will be confirmed in July (winners may be required to keep this information confidential until a press announcement in Autumn 2014)
  • Winners will be announced in Autumn 2014. Successful applicants are required to attend a full day launch event where announcement will be made
  • Date winners will receive their vehicles will be confirmed, once the necessary documentation has been received and approved by Land Rover
  • Winners will be required to report on their progress during the year in a video diary format and via a written report every six months.
  • Winners are required to commit to two activity days arranged by Land Rover
  • Winners must be willing to speak to the media about the experience and consent to their name and image being used by Land Rover and PCF in any publicity materials as required.


  • When driving through mud and ruts, try to stay within existing tracks. Keep the wheels straight and use the driver’s information screen to aid you through the terrain.
  • Terrain Response® will automatically raise the vehicle into the optimum off-road height. Always be aware of the ground clearance and keep the lowest point of your vehicle clear at all times.
  • More momentum will need to be applied for climbing hills in muddy terrain as this will help balance the decrease of traction from the vehicle. Try to avoid wheel spin as this will result in a loss of momentum and could even cause environmental damage.


  • As a basic rule, never drive into any water unless you really have to.
  • Find out how deep the water is before you enter. You can explore on foot in static water or watch another vehicle go through.
  • Don’t get out of the vehicle and enter flowing water yourself as you could get swept away.
  • Always ensure the passage is clear before entering the water one vehicle at a time. Unsettled water from another crossing could make a safe passage even more challenging.
  • Enter the water slowly in the highest practical gear and progressively build up speed.
  • Generally, start in second gear, but if the base is rocky use low range.
  • If you come to a stop in deep water and cannot go any further turn the vehicle off to prevent damage to the engine.

dealing with grass, gravel and snow in the freelander

  • These can actually be some of the trickiest terrains to negotiate.
  • Select the ‘Grass/Gravel/Snow’ setting and select the highest gear possible.
  • When on grass, don’t follow the wheel tracks of any vehicles in front of you as you don’t want to make a track. Stay on the surface of the grass by avoiding any unnecessary churning or breakthrough.
  • Gravel is a low grip surface. Always drive at a slow speed to reduce the risk of losing traction while stopping, accelerating or cornering. You should leave a big gap between you and other vehicles to minimise the risk of gravel damaging the vehicle and stay out of any dust clouds created which could reduce visibility.
  • If you are driving on snow, select the highest gear possible for the conditions and use steady momentum to carry you through deep snow. If the wheels start to spin, ease off the throttle and allow the tyres to slow down and regain traction.

The Prince’s Countryside Fund was set up to support the people who live and work in the countryside. Working in partnership with Land Rover the 2016 bursary will be awarding up to five inspiring young people the use of a Land Rover vehicle for a year to support their career in farming or related professions.

  • Does your rural business or organisation require a vehicle for off road use?
  • Are you working in the countryside and need a 4x4 to access remote customers or clients?
  • Do you work for an organisation helping rurally isolated people?
  • Do you in your personal or professional life need a vehicle to provide a service to rural communities?

Eligibility and competition rules

  • Applications for the 2016 bursary will open in the new year.
  • Applicants must be aged between 21 – 35 and pursuing a career in farming or a related profession.
  • All entrants must have a clean full UK driving licence and have more than two years driving experience with no motoring convictions.
  • Previous applicants and winners may apply again.
  • All applicants must live in the United Kingdom.


Edward Richardson

Farm outreach worker – Penzance, Cornwall

Edward was awarded the Bursary to help further develop his role as a Farm Business Adviser and Rural Outreach Worker. Working across Cornwall, Edward helps local farmers and their families with business and financial advice, debt problems, training, access to benefits and grant funding.

Edward applied to the Land Rover Bursary to get help accessing remote and often isolated families on a day to day basis. Visiting the farms directly and at short notice is often the best way of making the farmer and the family feel most at ease, the new Freelander 2 he received has helped Edward achieve this.

Sian Curley

Firewood social enterprise – Ullapool, Ross-shire (Highlands)

Sian was awarded the Bursary to help further develop the unique social enterprise that is Lochbroom Woodfuels. Running since 2012, Lochbroom Woodfuels is wholly owned by the Ullapool Community Trust and sources timber from sustainably managed local forests, providing fuel to customers at a fair price. Sian is their only employee, serving a remote and sparsely populated area where people suffer fuel poverty through ever-rising energy costs.

Sian applied to the Land Rover Bursary as she did not have a vehicle suitable for delivering logs, which meant the worst hit in the community – those without access to a trailer or pick-up – were missing out. The Freelander 2 has helped her solve this problem and allowed her to deliver logs to those in the most remote of locations.

Thomas Hartley

Rural broadband – Hornby, Lancaster

Thomas was awarded the Bursary to help further develop the social enterprise that is B4RN; a charity run by and for the local community which helps to connect the rural North West by installing fibre-optic broadband network to farms, businesses and villages in the area.

Thomas applied to the Land Rover Bursary as he needed a vehicle which could transport delicate equipment whilst traversing steep, boggy and rough terrain between farms and to the digging sites– usually set in the corners of fields. As a volunteer, Thomas previously relied on borrowing vehicles, which was proving tricky and irregular. The new Freelander 2 has helped solve this problem and allowed him to reach the most remote of sites.

James Rebanks

Herdwick sheep farmer – Penrith, Cumbria

James was awarded the Bursary to help develop his Herdwick Sheep farm and Sheep School. James’s farm business is very traditional and runs the native local breeds – Herdwick and Swaledale. James is currently in the midst of developing a ‘Sheep School,’ which aims to bring school groups on to the farm to learn about the ancient traditions and farming techniques of the Lake District.

James applied to the Land Rover Bursary to help with the day to day farm business and to make the farm accessible for Sheep School visitors. James needed a suitable vehicle for tackling the varied rural terrain and one that will go on to help in his quest to educate visitors about farming and food. The new Freelander 2 has helped him to do just that.

Mark Curr

Farmer and chairman of Cumbria YFC – Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria

Mark was awarded the Bursary to help develop his role both as upcoming Chairman of Cumbria Young Farmers and his own sheep farming enterprise, funded by The Prince’s Trust. There are 26 Young Farmers Clubs across Cumbria and Mark’s role involves attending and chairing meetings, developing competitions and county events and helping to train the next generation of farmers.

Mark applied to the Land Rover Bursary as he currently spends four nights a week travelling up and down the country for YFC, as well as transporting his own sheep to shows and for shearing – problematic when he currently has to hire or borrow a vehicle to do so. The new Freelander 2 has enabled Mark to attend more YFC meetings - develop farming in the local area - and also raise the profile of his locally farmed sheep.

Driving tips to get you through all types of weather conditions

The key to safer driving on all terrains is a good knowledge of what your vehicle can and can’t do. Here is a quick guide giving you tips and techniques on how to deal with tricky situations.

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