Why Your Support Is Vital
1 in 5 children in the UK live in poverty and are at greater risk of poor diets, poor health and falling behind at school*.
Low incomes and family stress mean that children often miss out on the experiences that enrich our lives – day trips, holidays, meeting new people, eating well, playing in green space and fresh air.
In inner city and urban areas, and increasingly in coastal towns and some rural areas too, many primary schools will have an above average number of children from low income families.
This is where we work - from Lowestoft to Liverpool, Tyne and Wear to Tower Hamlets - because this is where the need is greatest. We also work with other children experiencing disadvantage, such as children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
*Source: State of Child Health report 2017 by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
In a recent survey of 1,000 UK children aged 5 – 11, one in three children have not heard a cow moo or a sheep baa up close.
See our inspirational work in action:
With your help we want to be able to reach even more children in the coming years - our ambition is to double the number of disadvantaged children we work with.
The Country Trust relies on generous donations from our supporters and our amazing network of host farmers and other volunteers.
Every pound donated and every minute of your time will make a real difference to children's lives
- £3 a month enables two disadvantaged children to experience a Farm Discovery Day
- £10 a month allows The Country Trust to support two inner city children to go and stay in the countryside on a Countryside Discovery residential visit.
- £26 a month is enough to pay for two children to learn to grow, cook and visit farms on a Food Discovery programme for a whole year
- £500 will fully fund a trip to a farm, where up to 40 children can spend a transformative day learning about where their food comes from
- £5,000 will fund a Food Discovery project for a whole year*
*based on an average class size of 30