National Trust to fund business advice for 60 farm tenants

The National Trust will fund places on the Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme for up to 60 of its tenants across the UK.

Organised by The Prince’s Countryside Fund, the programme offers business skills training on topics including business planning, understanding accounts and budgeting, managing farmed environments and exploring new opportunities.

Each farm also receives one-to-one support as part of a business “health check”, identifying strengths and weaknesses and benchmarking against similar farms.

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The 60 places are likely to be for tenants based in north-west England, north Wales, the Midlands and south-west England, though these details are still to be confirmed.

The scheme will launch this summer and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

The National Trust has been commended on its plan by George Dunn, chief executive of the Tenant Farmers Association (TFA), who first suggested the idea.

Mr Dunn said: “We have been working hard behind the scenes with both the National Trust and the Fund to bring this to fruition and we are delighted that an agreement has been reached to pilot this initiative. 

“While these areas focus predominantly on upland areas, the expectation is that, subject to the success of the pilot, further areas and farm types will be looked at.”

For more information about the Farm Resilience Programme visit The Prince’s Countryside Fund’s website.