Morrisons is a proud supporter of British farming, and The Prince’s Countryside Fund. Find out more about our work together, and how we're marking National Countryside Week 2020.
What is National Countryside Week 2020?
National Countryside Week is an annual event run by The Prince's Countryside Fund which aims to raise awareness and celebrate the values of the countryside. This year, it runs from 20th - 26th July 2020.
In 2020, the event will shine a light on the important work of the British farming community, as well as highlight the imporant activity the Fund achieves, right through from research, to grant making to The Prince's Farm Resiliance Programme.
Morrisons and The Prince's Countryside Fund
Over the past four years, Morrisons have contributed over £325,000 to the Fund, through a generous grant from The Morrisons Foundation and support via Corporate Sponsorship.
The Prince's Farm Resilience Programme
In 2017, The Morrisons Foundation awarded the Fund £250,000, which helped with the programme's start-up costs such as developing workshops, hiring consultants and creating alumni content. In recent years, Morrisons have sponsored two named groups - Garstang and Skipton, which feature 20 farming families in each group.
The Fund has also facilitated the Morrisons Apprenticeship Levy, which encourages more young people into the agriculture industry. The levy also gives apprentices the opportunity to work with the different areas of the Morrisons supply chain.
Farm to fork days
We've hosted over 30 Prince's Countryside Fund farmers at two "Farm to Fork" days, in which we showcase our supply chain from the farms right through to our stores. You can find out more about the Farm to Fork event here.
Our Morrisons British Box
We've also created our British Food Box through our food box delivery service. £1 from the sale of each box goes to farming support charities through the Prince's Countryside Fund.
How the Fund are marking the occasion
This year, the Fund has launched its National Directory of Farm and Rural Support Groups. The directory lists 69 regional, national, and membership organisations who can provide support, advice, and guidance to farming and rural communities and signposts help for farmers who might be in crisis.
How you can get involved
To find out more about the Fund and National Countryside Week, take a look at the Prince's Countryside Fund's social media channels @countrysidefund or head to their website at www.princescountrysidefund.org.uk