Farming Trust gives £1 million

Trustees of the Felix Thornley Cobbold Agricultural Trust awarded over £100,000 of new grants at their meeting on 28 April to bring the total value of awards made since 2007 to £1,039,745 for agricultural development in East Anglia.

Chairman, Stephen Cobbald said, ‘This marks a major milestone in the Trust’s remarkable history since it was founded by a bequest from Felix Thornley Cobbold in 1910. For over a hundred years the Trust has used its resources for the benefit of farming in Suffolk and the adjoining counties. It has been fortunate in being served by a succession of outstanding Trustees, who have been diligent in ensuring that available resources have been conserved and wisely used. I am sure that Felix would be proud of what his generous bequest has achieved.’

At their quarterly meeting on 28 April, Trustees awarded a total of £131,635 to three research projects and an education grant, the largest aggregate sum allocated at a single meeting. The research grants went to Harper Adams University, NIAB/TAG and Cranfield University and the University of Hertfordshire, while the educational grant will help support a graduate student at the Royal Agricultural University.

Scientist Trustee, Dr Eric Ober said, ‘These grants represent a major investment in high quality research, which will also attract three young scientists to work in agricultural development. This represents a major investment in farming’s future.’

Other projects supported during the year include support for veterinary training, work on potato cyst nematode resistance, educating children in how their food is produced, new training films for telling the food production story, livestock fencing at Otley College, and training farm advisers in environmental conservation.

Trustee James Forrest said, ‘The Felix Cobbold Trust provides significant financial support to a very wide range of important development projects which benefit farming in East Anglia. As a farmer, I can see how the Trust’s funds are able to make a difference, especially for the careers of young people.’

For further information, Colin Smith, Administrator, 01284 728316; colinsmi@aol.com. or Stephen Cobbold, Chairman, stephen@acornfarms.co.uk.

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