The Hayshed wins farming bursary for more research

27th February  2012.'Farm of the Week.'Hayshed Experience, Fowl Green House, Commondale.'Pictured with Highland Cattle calf, from left trainee Graham Fletcher, Farm manager Andrea Russell and trainee Dennis Brown.'Picture by Gerard Binks.

27th February 2012.'Farm of the Week.'Hayshed Experience, Fowl Green House, Commondale.'Pictured with Highland Cattle calf, from left trainee Graham Fletcher, Farm manager Andrea Russell and trainee Dennis Brown.'Picture by Gerard Binks.

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Commondale farmer Robin Asquith has won a Nuffield Farming scholarship to support his studies.

Robin, of The Hayshed at Fowl Green Farm, will focus on how UK agriculture can benefit from green prescriptions on care farms.

Robin said: “I have been awarded this scholarship to travel and study abroad a topic of agriculture which is relevant to our work but will help move the industry forward on a national level.

The title of his winning scholarship caught the eye of the scholarship board and now he hopes his research will help the whole industry.

“I am a director of Care Home Farms,” he said.

“It helps to have a united voice so we can develop and make it better.”

This is key to the running of The Hayshed, which encourages all people with disabilities or health issues to get involved in farming.

Working outside with animals and tending to the land with other people has a huge impact on their own personal growth, he said.

This is an area that Robin is looking to highlight and encourage others to support.

“I am looking for sponsorship as the bursary I received helps toward travelling. This year I have to spend eight weeks abroad and will be going to Ireland, Holland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, France and Italy.

“This will enable me to observe commercial farms and see how other sectors have promoted their industry.”

Robin is addressing areas in his research such as how care farms can benefit both the farm and the community, and how support mechanisms for care farms operate.

He also plans to look at the process of referrals into farming environments.

He will start his studying at an international conference in Ireland in March.

Visit www.thehayshed.co.uk/to find out more about sponsoring Robin’s studies.