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Bucks farms part of national campaign to help retired farmers

Road Farm Countryways in Great Missenden is part of the Countryside Outreach programme.

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 6:01am 22nd July 2020. (Updated at 12:50pm 22nd July 2020) 3-minute read.

Bucks farms part of national campaign to help retired farmers

Buckinghamshire farms are taking part in a national programme to support retired farmers.

Road Farm Countryways in Great Missenden is part of Countryside Outreach, a programme set up to support rural communities and retired farmers. 

Animal Antiks in North Marston are also part of the scheme.

Run by Countrymen UK, the goal is to help those feeling isolated, lonely and people who have been shielding. 

Wendy Gray from Road Farm, explains that for farmers and countryside workers, retiring can be a huge adjustment:

"All those many many hours in commitment for something that is very dear to your soul is taken away.

"So you might have to be sitting at home when normally that person was up and about at the crack of dawn, busy working outside. That can be very hard on somebodies health and well being.

The outreach project is  trying to make sure our Countrymen have telephone calls as well as sending them some items to make them feel connected to the countryside.

For those people to have something through to post and to see something familiar or touch something tangible is a real help."

Whether the person has left the job due to age, injury or something else the programme wants to support them and give them a choice going forward. 

Some will have had to relocate, which can present further problems like being in an unfamiliar environment and community. 

Under normal circumstances Countrymen UK have a programme where retired farmers and country-loving people meet at the farm. 

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As discussed during Mix96's Mental Health Awareness Month farming as an industry can be lonely for those working in it. 

Wendy agrees:

"It is a major problem. There is a lot of time spent with people sitting on the tractors and not talking to other people.

"I think also the stiff upper lip remains strong in farming families. You get on with things, you don't necessarily have time to talk about what needs to be done because if you've got a broken down machine or things to be done, you just get on with it. 

"It's important that you recognise no matter whatever age that they need time for themselves alongside the time for their livestock or arable crops."

She recommends current farmers and countryside workers contact the Farming Community Network.

To contact Road Farm Countryways about their Outreach and other care farming initiatives, call 01494 862413, email chalkdell.roadfarm@gmail.com or visit their website www.roadfarmcountryways.com

Further North in the County Animal Antiks based in North Marston is also part of the network providing outreach support.

You can contact them on Email: office@animalantiks.co.uk or by visiting www.animalantiks.co.uk

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