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The Country Trust

Registered Charity Number: 1122103

About the Charity

The Country Trust is a national educational charity dedicated to introducing and bringing alive the working countryside for children with limited life opportunities.

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What our grant will help to fund

The Country Trust will use their grant to take over 360 disadvantaged primary age and SEN children, schooled in deprived areas of England, out onto real working farms for fun and immersive educational day visits.

Through this Farm Discovery Programme, kindly being supported by the Benefact Group, Country Trust will work directly with the participating children’s teachers and their own host farmers to ensure each child gets an accessible and exploratory opportunity to see first-hand where their food comes from, how it is grown and make connections for themselves between the food they eat, their own health and the health of the planet. Alongside experienced Country Trust Coordinators, who will tailor each farm visit to the emotional, social and physical needs of the children, teachers across 14 different schools will use the learning opportunity to help their pupils understand our current food system and how farming and the countryside are integral to current classroom topics such as healthy eating, sustainability, and regeneration.

Experience tells us that the positive impact these days have on the children is sustained amongst them, their peers and their families long after the day is over, and for that we are very proud and perpetually inspired.

“We urgently need to enable the next generation to forge a strong connection with the land, our life support system, and to help them acquire the knowledge and skills that will enable them to thrive and contribute to a thriving world. We are very excited to have been awarded a Movement for Good grant from Benefact Group to help over 360 children from the most deprived communities in the UK to take those first steps.”

Jill Attenborough, CEO, The Country Trust

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