Awarded in partnership with The Prince’s Countryside Fund, the Countryside Bursary aims to support regeneration projects in rural communities.
The five winners were chosen for their community spirit, and were required to demonstrate how their Freelander 2 will directly support their community. Each winner will keep a video diary throughout the year to document how the Freelander has been put to work.
The successful candidates are:
1. Sian Curley - Firewood social enterprise - Ullapool, Ross-shire
2. Thomas Hartley - Rural broadband - Hornby, Lancaster
3. Edward Richardson - Farm outreach worker - Penzance, Cornwall
4. James Rebanks - Herdwick sheep farmer - Penrith, Cumbria
5. Mark Curr - Farmer and chairman of Cumbria YFC - Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria
One winner, Sian Curley, will use her Freelander to deliver firewood for her community-owned firewood business in Ullapool in the Scottish Highlands. ‘Living in the remote Highlands means a rugged and reliable off-road vehicle is really a necessity for my job,’ she said. ‘As I was without one my local community was missing out too. I am exceptionally grateful to all involved and can’t wait to get behind the wheel.’
The PCF was founded in 2010 by HRH the Prince of Wales, and has so far awarded over £2.1 million in grants. Its partnership with Land Rover and the PCF was announced in January 2013 and is scheduled to last three years.
Director of the PCF Victoria Harris, said: ‘We had some outstanding entries for the Bursary and heard some very inspiring stories, and are sure that those candidates we have selected will go on to make a difference in their rural communities.’