Prince Charles, 73, is known for his longtime support for the environment and rural life. But the Prince of Wales is now hoping to provide further support by training a new generation of young farmers at a proposed school in Scotland.
The Prince’s Foundation has submitted plans to build the single-story agricultural school near Cumnock to the East Ayrshire Council.
The school building would be located next to a working farm on the 2,000-acre Dumfries House grounds.
The move could give UK agriculture a boost, which has faced challenges in recent years.
The Guardian revealed in 2021 that more than 110,000 small family farms had been lost in the UK since 1990.
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A design statement submitted by the Charles Foundation to the Scottish Authority said: “The underlying principle is to bring new talent into the agricultural and rural sector, specifically targeting those currently unrelated to it. .
“In addition, the programs will continue to promote the broader principle of encouraging people to enjoy the benefits of spending time in the countryside.
“The service would be practical, allowing students to immerse themselves in their field, thus giving them maximum opportunities to develop their knowledge, skills and passion for the industry.
“The aim of the courses would be to generate interest in potential careers and to further study towards higher level qualifications and specializations.
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“The Princely Foundation also recognizes the need to transmit traditional and rural know-how (laying of hedges, dry stone walls, fences, drainage, butchery, etc.) within the existing workforce.
“Target groups include high school students aged 14 and over, school leavers showing an interest in onshore careers, adult learners looking for new careers as well as agricultural and industry workers. rural people seeking to improve themselves.
“Across all programs, including student events and sector workshops, the goal is to engage with the region of 1,800 people in any given year. “
Gordon Neil, Executive Director of the Prince’s Foundation, added: “The foundation recognizes the need to impart traditional and rural skills, such as hedging, drystone walls, fencing, drainage and butchery, to the within the existing workforce, and our proposal for a new facility adjacent to Home Farm on the Dumfries House estate will further expand the offer of agricultural education. “
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Charles led a consortium that bought the Dumfries house for £ 45million in 2007.
The Telegraph reports that his charitable foundation has contributed £ 20million to save Scottish property.
The estate then opened to the public in 2008 and has undergone extensive restoration work.