Farm for the Future programme

We are proud to be working with the Royal Countryside Fund (formerly the Prince’s Countryside Fund) to deliver Farm for the Future.

Farm for the Future is a free series of business, environment and one-to-one support sessions for farmers in the High Weald National Landscape and adjacent areas.

How does it work?

The programme consists of a welcome meeting, two core workshops and one-to-one support. The two workshops will cover business planning and environmentally friendly land management, followed by up to four optional workshops on other topics such as diversification, succession and adding trees to the landscape.

There will also be conversation with other land managers, networking, food and the chance of farm walks.

Please note: This year’s cohort is now full but the programme will continue into 2024-25. If you are interested in taking part next year or would like some more information, please contact Steph Mason, Project officer.

What are the benefits?

As part of the programme you will:

  • Learn more about policy changes to help your business become more resilient and sustainable.
  • Receive one-to-one business support tailored to you.
  • Become a member of The Royal Countryside Fund’s Farm Resilience Network which provides a bank of resources and support.

Who can join?

Farm for the future is funded by Defra’s Future Farming Resilience Fund.

Any owner-occupied or tenant farm currently in receipt of BPS in England can take part as long as you have not already received free support through the Future Farm Resilience Fund.

(If you are unsure if this applies to you please get in touch with Steph, who can confirm your eligibility).

Upcoming free workshops

These events are for existing members of the programme and anyone who’s interested in joining for next year.

Succession planning – Thursday 29 February 2024

3pm (for 3.30pm start) – 5pm
Speaker: Stuart Nicholls from Savills

Succession planning is an important part of any farming business. There are tax, property and legal implications to think of in order to allow smooth transition from one generation to another. This workshop aims to give you some understanding of how you might implement succession on your farm.

Learn more and book your place >>

An introduction to carbon on your farm – Thursday 14 March 2024

3pm (for 3.30pm start) – 5.30pm

Speaker: High Weald National Landscape Team

Learn more and book >>

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