We are delighted to announce the appointment of Sir Kenneth Aphunezi Olisa OBE to the board. Sir Kenneth was appointed by The Prince of Wales at the Trustees meeting in December 2021. This appointment further strengthens the PWCF board, provide diverse skills and additional expertise required to deliver our mission.
We have recently received recognition for our role in the reintroduction of the Large blue butterfly at Rodborough Common. As a key funder of the Royal Entomological Society's project, we are delighted to deliver our mission through this vital work and highlight our commitment to supporting and improving the environment. We are grateful to Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) Gloucestershire for the award.
In October, our small grants programme awarded over £80,000 to 34 not-for-profit organisations. PWCF is working to transform lives and build sustainable communities across the UK and the Commonwealth.
Last week, TRH The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall visited Umm Qais, an ancient city in the north of Jordan. Umm Qais is being restored by the Turquoise Mountain Foundation, supported by The Prince of Wales's Charitable Fund (PWCF).
2,650 trees were planted at Airedale Hospital in West Yorkshire as part of the Edible Airedale project. Trees for Cities is working to green urban spaces across the UK, and encourages #GenerationTree to grow. PWCF supported the Edible Airedale project through a major grant to Trees for Cities in 2019.
Farm for the Future is a new programme co-ordinated by the Prince's Countryside Fund which will help farm businesses in England to prepare for the upcoming agricultural policy changes. It involves a series of flexible and engaging workshops, online learning, signposting, one-to-one support, peer networking and learning delivered locally to groups of farmers.