Edward Richardson recieving theTrewlawny Plate from the Lord- Lieutenant

Edward Richardson awarded the Trelawny Plate

The prestigious Trelawny Plate, presented biennially by the Trelawny family, recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to Cornwall and its residents. This year’s recipient is our very own Edward Richardson, whose dedication has left an indelible mark on the region’s agricultural community.


Edward’s role extends far beyond typical advisory services. He has become a cornerstone of support for Cornwall’s farmers, offering crucial guidance that enhances both their professional success and personal well-being. His tireless efforts have touched the lives of numerous farming families across the county and beyond, fostering resilience and prosperity in the face of agricultural challenges. His selection for this esteemed award underscores the vital importance of agricultural support in maintaining the fabric of Cornish society and economy.

To read the full Citation please click here

Farming with Nature with Cornwall Wildlife Trust

Cornwall Wildlife Trust is running an event next Thursday 28th March at Lostwithiel Community Centre and I’d be grateful if you would share it with those relevant. Some of you have done so already and thank you, a final push would be much appreciated!

It’s an engagement event for our new FiPL funded project. For this project, we can support farmers in Cornwall National Landscape Sections (AONBs): Hartland, Pentire Point to Widemouth, Camel Estuary, South Coast Central, South Coast Eastern and Bodmin Moor.

We can support farmers in various ways through the project including:

  • Specialist business advice on farm change options: modelling habitat creation/restoration alongside productive management
  • Offering a UK Habitats Classification Survey which will support a BNG / Carbon Management plan
  • Advice on habitat and soil health improvements linked to funding opportunities (CS, SFI, FiPL, EWCO)
  • Assessment of opportunities to engage with the local community through access improvements or other measures
  • Identification of heritage features with opportunities for conservation, enhancement or interpretation
  • Graphic modelling to show farm habitat and production change over time
  • Guidance on open water (ponds and scrapes) creation

For more information and to book a place go to – https://farm-with-nature-lostwithiel.eventbrite.co.uk/

FarmFit: a wellbeing project for farmers and their families

FarmFit is an innovative well-being initiative tailored specifically for farmers and their families in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Spearheaded by Land to Sea CBT in collaboration with Fairwinds Cornwall, this project secured funding through the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Suicide Innovation Fund, making it one of the 12 successful endeavors aimed at providing crucial support to the farming community.

At the core of FarmFit is a mission to engage directly with the agricultural community, working hand-in-hand with partner agencies to deliver practical wellbeing support. Led by an experienced mental health practitioner and CBT therapist with two decades of expertise in NHS mental health services, FarmFit adopts a constructive and pragmatic approach.

The initiative empowers farmers to identify, manage, and build resilience against stressors in a manner that resonates with their individual needs. FarmFit offers timely access to wellbeing assessments and psychological therapy when required, ensuring the right level of intervention is provided.

Understanding the demanding nature of farm life, FarmFit accommodates the unique schedules of farmers by offering several ways to access the service, including phone, online, and “walk and talk” sessions. The latter involves outreach visits to farms, allowing for a more personalized and convenient approach to support.

If further specialized assistance is needed, FarmFit ensures that farmers and their families are seamlessly connected to appropriate resources, providing guidance and referrals for additional support services

For further information visit the Farm Fit website at The FarmFit Programme

Unlock a Sustainable Future for Your Farm

Unlock a Sustainable Future for Your Farm with Farm Cornwall’s Free Programme

Attention farmers across Cornwall! Farm Cornwall presents an unparalleled opportunity to embark on a transformative journey through the Farm For The Future Programme. Funded by DEFRA, this bespoke training initiative is designed to equip you with invaluable knowledge and insights into the new Environmental Land Management schemes.

Through this comprehensive programme, you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of the Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI), Grant Aid, Farming in Protected Landscapes (FiPL), and Landscape Recovery. Additionally, you’ll explore the intricacies of Countryside Stewardship and Farm Business Skills, ensuring a well-rounded approach to sustainable agriculture.

The Farm For The Future Programme runs from September 2024 to March 2025, offering a series of informative autumn meetings and three hours of personalized one-on-one consultations on your farm. This tailored approach ensures that you receive the guidance and support you need to navigate the evolving landscape of environmental stewardship.

Over the past two years, more than 180 farms have already benefited from this transformative training scheme. Don’t miss your chance to join this exclusive cohort of forward-thinking farmers. To secure your spot, simply reach out to sally@farmcornwall.co.uk, and she will provide you with the sign-up link.

Embrace the future of farming by participating in this life-changing programme – an investment in the sustainability and prosperity of your farm for generations to come.


GDPR – Data Protection Regulations

As we have explained before, in order to keep your details on file (for sending out the newsletter, etc) we need your permission in order to comply with Data Protection Law.  We are actually breaking the law if you have not completed one.  Attached is a copy of the form we need completed (for those of you who have not yet done so)—this can be scanned and returned via email to mail@farmcornwall.co.uk or posted.  We hope soon to have a facility on the website for you to complete it online.  Even if you are not able to complete the form, an email confirming that you are happy for us to store your details is sufficient!  Many thanks in advance.



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Donations to Farm Cornwall via Just Giving

Farm Cornwall is now registered as a charity that individuals can support via Just Giving. If any individual or group is planning to take part in a fundraising activity, then perhaps you would consider choosing FarmCornwall as your chosen charity.  As you know, we receive no government funding and are completely funded by donations. Thank you for anything you can give, no matter how small.

The link to Just Giving is https://www.justgiving.com/farmcornwall