At the Dumfries House farming school, Prince Charles hopes to discover ‘new talent.’
PRINCE CHARLES has submitted plans to build a school in the grounds of a 2,000-acre Scottish estate with the goal of discovering “new talent.”
Prince Charles, 73, has long advocated for environmental protection and rural life.
The Prince of Wales, on the other hand, is hoping to provide additional assistance by training a new generation of young farmers at a proposed school in Scotland.
The Prince’s Foundation has submitted plans to East Ayrshire Council for a single-story agricultural school near Cumnock.
The school would be built next to a working farm on the 2,000-acre Dumfries House estate.
The move could help British agriculture, which has faced difficulties in recent years.
Since 1990, more than 110,000 smaller family farms have been lost in the UK, according to the Guardian.
“The underlying principle is to bring new talent into the farming and rural sector, specifically targeting those with no current connection to it,” said a design statement submitted by Charles’ foundation to the Scottish authority.
“In addition, programs will continue to promote the broader principle of encouraging people to appreciate the benefits of spending time in nature.”
“Delivery would be hands-on and practical, allowing students to fully immerse themselves in their subject area and grow their knowledge, skills, and passion for the industry.”
“The courses would be designed to pique students’ interest in potential careers and further study pathways leading to higher level qualifications and specializations.”
“The Prince’s Foundation also recognizes the importance of passing on traditional and rural skills (hedge-laying, dry-stone walling, fencing, drainage, butchery, and so on) to existing employees.
“Secondary school students aged 14 and up, school leavers interested in land-based careers, adult learners looking for a new career, and farming and rural sector workers looking to upskill are among the target groups.”
“The goal is to engage in the region of 1,800 individuals across the programs, including pupil events and sector workshops,” says the statement.
“The foundation recognizes the need to pass on traditional and rural skills, such as hedge-laying, drystone walling, fencing, drainage, and butchery, within the existing workforce,” said Gordon Neil, an executive director of the Prince’s Foundation. “Our proposed new facility next to Home Farm on the Dumfries House estate will further broaden the agricultural education offering,” he added.
Charles was the driving force behind the deal.
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