A Cornish farming charity is looking for young people to apply for its bursaries.

The Ken Thomas Charitable Trust is on the lookout for young Cornish agriculturalists who wish to travel and learn to apply for its bursaries that could help them fund their trips.

The fund, set up by the The Huers Farming Club in 1980, award bursaries to young agriculturalists aged between 20 & 30 who live in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and who might not otherwise have the means or the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and experience by travel.

The bursaries normally assist with travel costs and other expenses directly relating to the proposed study project and, over the years, the trust claims numerous young people have benefitted and have undertaken study trips to countries including New Zealand, Australia, the USA, India, Japan, Hungary, Zambia, Brazil, as well as areas closer to home.

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The trust has said, however, that it is sadly not able to fund college or university fees or associated costs.

Recent bursary recipients include Rewan Coad, from Cubert, who studied a range of agricultural systems in New Zealand and also Sam Wheeler, from Truro, who undertook an externship studying equine insemination and embryo transfer in Belgium.

Most recently, Rory Pyper, who is currently based in the Isles of Scilly, has been successful in seeking support to in due course visit the US to study the conservation and commercial cultivation of ‘heritage’ apple varieties.

If you're interested in finding out more, email: info@royalcornwall.co.uk, or call: 01208 815562.