HRH The Prince of Wales meets Settle farming families during visit to Yorkshire Dales

During a visit to Broadrake Farm, Ingleborough, on Wednesday 22nd March, HRH The Prince of Wales met with farming families who have signed up to take part in the local group of The Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme. Nine farmers shared with HRH The Prince of Wales their motivations for taking part in the programme and aspirations for what it would give to their business.

Claire Saunders, director of The Prince’s Countryside Fund said, “Having the opportunity to meet with and hear directly from the farmers participating helped to show how important it is for this area of Yorkshire to support its family farms. All the farmers were focused on building their business and looking at ways in which they could improve what they did or diversify their income to survive in the longer-term.”

In the evening all the farming families attended the first business workshop. During the session they shared how well their business was doing and identified its strengths and weaknesses to help focus their mind through the programme on the areas to change and improve. The Settle group is one of 15 locations where The Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme is being offered this year. The programme will be run for five years with the aim of reaching up to 1,500 family farms UK-wide.

Earlier during the visit HRH The Prince of Wales met with three apprentices involved in a project funded by The Prince’s Countryside Fund delivered by the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust. On the day HRH The Prince of Wales met Tom Hickey and Liam Johnson while repairing a drystone wall and also Chloë Lumsdon.

The Prince’s Countryside Fund is currently open for grant applications from organisations and community groups with projects that meet its eligibility criteria. Deadline for applications is 5pm on Thursday 13th April.

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