The Duke of Westminster announced as Country Trust President
We are delighted to announce the appointment of The Duke of Westminster as our new President.
The Duke has a strong interest in agriculture and the environment since his own childhood and studied Countryside Management at Newcastle University. He also has a keen understanding of how bringing children from a wide variety of backgrounds into the countryside can create exceptional experiences and lifelong learning opportunities for those individuals.
The Duke’s family has been welcoming children on Country Trust visits to Eaton, in Cheshire, which have included visits to Grosvenor Farms (a major dairy farm), and Abbeystead in Lancashire, for more than 25 years. The charity has also benefitted greatly from long standing support from the Westminster Foundation, which represents the philanthropic activities of the Grosvenor family.
The Duke of Westminster said: “We are seeing an increase in the number of children growing up in or moving to urban areas so it is vital that we don’t lose the connection between urban and rural life and the understanding of natural foods, wildlife and the countryside.
“I have been aware for many years of the excellent work that The Country Trust does to make this important connection. I’m looking forward to working with them and their extensive network of farmers to help children explore these vital connections; to help them learn about natural food sources and develop a connection with their wider environment.”
Jill Attenborough, Chief Executive of The Country Trust said: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome The Duke of Westminster as President of our charity. We are certain that The Duke will bring energy, enthusiasm and innovative ideas to the role and we are excited to work with him to bring transformative opportunities and experiences to children across the country.”
The Duke will work closely with the organisation to support its vision to bring an understanding of food and the countryside to every child experiencing disadvantage through quality learning experiences.