Training grants available for Animal Transportation Certificates

Published Wednesday 17 October 2007

Any New Forest commoner, farmer or woodland manager who transports animals commercially over a distance of 65km will need a Certificate of Competence for animal transportation from the 5 January 2008.

However, if you are taking your Certificate before 31 December 2007 you may be eligible for funding from the LEADER + Training Grant scheme to cover up to 60 per cent of your training costs and assessment.

The LEADER+ Training Grant is an easy to access scheme to help individuals and businesses who receive a direct income from the Forest or its produce, pay for training to help improve the skills needed for their job or business.  

Forest Friendly Farming has already provided funding for young commoners to receiving training on how to tow large trailers, for local producers to attend courses on hurdle making and ice cream production and training on forestry machinery.

Emma Rigglesworth, Head of Sustainable Development, said: ‘Forest Friendly Farming can provide a great opportunity to make training more affordable.

‘People who earn their income from the Forest will now be able to bolster their skills and receive additional training to benefit their jobs, businesses and income.’

If you are interested in applying for a training grant or to see if you are eligible visit www.forestfriendlyfarming.org.uk or contact: Sally Igra, LEADER+ Programme Manager on 023 8028 5368 or e-mail: sally.igra@nfdc.gov.uk

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Notes to editors:
1.The training grants cannot be used for full or part-time training courses provided by secondary schools, further education and higher education or as part of a required qualification under UK legislation.
2.For more information on Forest Friendly Farming or LEADER+ contact Emma Rigglesworth, Head of Sustainable Development at the New Forest National Park Authority on 01590 646676 or Sally Igra, LEADER+ Programme Manager at New Forest District Council on 023 8028 5368
3.The Forest Friendly Farming Project works within the New Forest and is co-ordinated by the New Forest National Park Authority.  It is supported by local volunteers and a small team of staff, who are employed by New Forest National Park Authority, New Forest District Council and Hampshire Wildlife Trust.
Its aim is to develop practical ways of supporting farming, commoning and woodland management in the New Forest.
4.LEADER+ is a European Community Initiative for assisting rural communities in improving the quality of life and economic prosperity in their local area.  

Media Contact:
Karen Evans, Communications Officer, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646650
Email: karen.evans@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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