The Prince's Countryside Fund Land Rover Bursary 2016 is back for its third year, in a bid to kick start five lucky young people's rural careers. Don't miss your chance to enter

The Prince’s Countryside Fund Land Rover Bursary 2016 has just launched for its third year and is on the hunt for five inspiring young people living and working in the countryside. Don’t miss your chance to enter before applications close on 29 April.

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The Prince’s Countryside Fund together with Land Rover are now inviting entries to The Prince’s Countryside Fund Land Rover Bursary 2016. The bursary is seeking up to five inspiring young people, aged between 21-35, working and living in the countryside. The winners will get a one year lease on a Land Rover Discovery Sport to support the development of their business or provide valuable services in their local community.

The bursary marks efforts to get talented young people working in the countryside, as it is in desperate need of young blood. The average age of a British farmer is 59, only 4% of the UK’s farmers are under 35 and 53% of the workforce in forestry is over 40. Environmental conservation requires an estimated 30,000 new entrants by 2020 to maintain and protect our countryside.

Claire Saunders, Director of The Prince’s Countryside Fund said “There’s an acute need for young people to be supported to enter farming and related careers. Whether you’re new to farming, starting a “field to fork” food business or keen to bring new technologies and your skills to the countryside, The Prince’s Countryside Fund is here to support you. That’s why we’re delighted to be working in partnership with Land Rover to provide such practical and valuable support to young people starting out in their rural careers.”

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. Access to a 4×4 vehicle can be crucial to getting a rural business off the ground. 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.”


The Prince’s Countryside Fund Land Rover Bursary 2016 is open to UK residents aged between 21 and 35 who are pursuing a career in farming or a related profession. Entrants can apply for professional or community use. All entrants must have more than two years’ driving experience, a UK driving license and no more than six penalty points.

Applications must be made online before 29 April. Visit The Prince’s Countryside Fund website for more information and to apply.