The High Weald AONB team is delighted to have secured free business skills training for the area’s family farms from this well-respected national programme. Several local farms have expressed an interest and we’re looking for more farmers to participate.
The programme is an opportunity for families to look at the viability and long-term potential of their farms to help them make decisions for the future. The Prince's Countryside Fund advises that:
"68% of farmers report that they are more optimistic about the future of their family farm as a result of being on the programme."
Seven local workshops will be run between September and March for participating farms. Topics include business planning, understanding accounts and budgeting and exploring new opportunities.
Alongside this, farms will receive one-to-one on-farm support to undertake a business health check to look at strengths and weaknesses and compare costs against similar farms.
Any family farm in the High Weald whose main enterprise is dairy or livestock can be involved, whether owner-occupied or tenanted. We'd appreciate any help to spread the word.
The High Weald AONB Partnership’s role is to promote the scheme and register potential participants. If you are interested in taking part, please contact Christine Meadows: