Farm for the Future – free business support for farmers

We are inviting local farm businesses to join Farm for the Future, which we are delivering with The Royal Countryside Fund (previously known as The Prince’s Countryside Fund).

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

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 workshops

Environment Workshop – Mon 13 November

6.30pm start with food on arrival for a 7-9pm workshop
Speaker: Christine Meadows from High Weald  AONB team.

A 2-hour workshop that will give you up-to-date information on the various funding streams available through government and the private sector to support environmental enhancement on your farm.

The workshop will include a presentation as well as group activities and discussion.

Some of the funding streams we will cover include:
• Sustainable Farming Incentive
• Countryside Stewardship
• Landscape Recovery
• Farming in Protected Landscapes
• Biodiversity Net Gain

Business Workshop – Thurs 23 November

6.30pm start with food on arrival for a 7-9pm workshop.
Speaker: Stuart Nichols from Savills Food & Farming team.

A 2-hour workshop that will address key principles of farm management for different farm types and enterprises. It will cover:

  • Understanding your costs,
  • Measuring business performance,
  • Business planning,
  • Future opportunities; and
  • Where to get support.

If you’re interested in joining the programme and attending these workshops, please contact Project Manager, Steph Mason, as soon as possible. 

Black sheep with horns in a field with long grass

High Weald AONB logo and Royal Countryside Fund logo