14 June 2002

Big bequest for Third World aid

BUDDING farmers in the developing world look set to benefit from the generosity of one Cambs arable producer.

Marshal Papworth, from Ramsey, near St Ives, tragically died in a flying accident during 2000 and, as part of his will, left a bequest worth £2.5m-3m to the East of England Agricultural Society with the object of providing scholarships for Third World students to study agriculture in the UK for one year.

Most of the bequest will come from the proceeds of the sale of Kingsland and Upwood Farms, Mr Papworths 775-acre Grade 2/3 arable unit managed by brother Stuart.

Andrew Mercer, chief executive of the society, says it is aiming to fund 12-15 places a year and is planning to have the first batch in place by September.

"This was a wonderfully constructed bequest, Mr Papworth was very far thinking in wanting to send actual knowledge to the Third World rather than just money." &#42