HRH The Prince of Wales launches new countryside bursary

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HRH The Prince of Wales has met with some of Cumbria's farmers to celebrate the launch of The Prince's Trust Countryside Fund Land Rover Bursary Scheme.

The bursary looks to give five young people aged between 21 and 35 the use of a Land Rover Discovery Sport, which will aid their progress through their countryside careers.

With just four per cent of the UK's farmers aged under 35, it is reported that an estimated 30,000 new farmers are needed by 2020 to maintain the countryside.

During the visit, HRH The Prince of Wales watched as young farmers showed off their vehicle training by driving and reversing trailers around obstacles. They also exhibited their ability to travel around an off-road driving circuit.

The Prince also met with Helen Rebanks and her son Isaac, who was the first person to benefit from the bursary back in 2013.

HRH The Prince of Wales launches new countryside bursary

HRH The Prince of Wales launches new countryside bursary


HRH even got behind the wheel to join the farmers in their training, while under the guidance of a Land Rover Experience Instructor.

Jeremy Hicks, Jaguar Land Rover UK managing director, said: "Land Rover is synonymous with the countryside and we're looking for the UK's most enterprising young people who would benefit from the use of a Land Rover Discovery Sport.

"By providing a vehicle with capability to tackle the most challenging of rural terrains, space for seven and excellent towing capacity, we are aiming to help five ambitious young people to further their rural careers."

Those who are interested in applying for the bursary need to fill out an application online by April 29.