Henry Plumb, known to many in the agricultural industry, is a personality who has shaped our industry; from NFU President in the 1970’s to European Parliament President in the 1980’s, from leading marches on Whitehall to creating and leading the International Food and Agriculture Trade Policy Council championing equitable and open trade, Lord Plumb has raised the profile of UK Agriculture over many decades.

He has given much but wants to do more for young people and create a lasting legacy, providing a “leg up”, opening eyes to opportunities, providing access to influencers to match the drive and enthusiasm of youth.

Aims & Objectives


  1. To target young people (18-35) who may demonstrate flair in the field of communication and leadership and give them the skills to contribute more effectively for the good of the wider public (Advancement in Life)
  2. To provide the means, through education and training, to enable young people (18-35) to think broadly and to present ideas that will drive future food agricultural and environmental development for the good of the general population (Education)
  3. To provide the means through travel scholarships and international educational programmes for young people (18-35) to learn about the cultures and international food policies so that the people of the UK will benefit from informed international cooperation (Education)
  4. To foster the recognition in young people (18-35) of the importance of working with others. To develop the team approach and enhance the spirit of cooperation (Advancement in Life)
  5. To encourage and mentor young agricultural entrepreneurs who are aspiring to contribute to the UK economy but who do not possess that necessary knowledge and skills to achieve their aims (Advancement in Life)


  1. To advance education by providing grants to young people between the ages of 18 and 35 to give them opportunities (in all parts of the world) to learn about land based industries which for this purpose includes the enhancement of ecosystems’ diversity, water management, energy production, waste management and food production (“land based industries”)
  2. To advance in life young people between the ages of 18 and 35 by providing support and activities which develop their entrepreneurial skills, capacities and capabilities in the land based industries to include but not by way of limitation the skills of innovation, analysing risk and personal communication.


Please register your interest and we will be in touch:

Thank you for your interest in my Foundation.  As you know we are launching in October and I am very hopeful that we will soon be able to help people such as you to develop their careers in farming and the wider rural economy.

Your details have been registered and we will be in touch soon.

Yours Henry Plumb

Thank you very much for expressing an interest in supporting the development of my Foundation.  I am positive that we can make a difference to the opportunities for young people to develop their careers in farming and the wider rural economy.  Our support for young people will be hard won but I am convinced will make a difference and in its own way help drive our great industry forward.

Your details have been registered and we will be in contact following the launch of the Foundation on 25th October 2012.
In the meantime thank you very much for showing your support.

Henry Plumb

We look forward to working with you for a brighter Agriculture

Contact Information

Office: Burleigh Howe, Burleigh,
Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 2PH

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The closing date for next round of applications is Friday 20th June with interviews being held on Monday 14th July.