|The South of England Agricultural Society is delighted to announce that its chosen charity of the year, Jamie’s Farm, is now officially open at their Lewes location following major restoration work.
The developments at Jamie’s Farm Lewes included refurbishing the majority of the listed farmhouse to make the building safe and homely for residential experiences for young disadvantaged people. The site has also homed 118 Lleyn ewes, four pedigree Lleyn rams, as well as goats, chickens and pigs. The first herd of pedigree Aberdeen Angus cattle will be making their home at the farm shortly.
The South of England Agricultural Society was delighted when its President, Sir Richard Kleinwort, chose to support Jamie’s Farm in 2019 due to the shared ethos of both charities in understanding of the benefits that working on the land can bring.
Founder of Jamie’s Farm, Jamie Feilden, commented: “Our first ever group included our Jamie’s Farm Ambassadors, aged 15-19, who stayed at the Lewes farm in February half term. It was incredible seeing the farm really come to life. Our Ambassadors provided feedback and added their own ideas and creativity, helping us bring the final details together. With the house complete, we are focusing on raising funds to repair the farm buildings and fencing. We are also preparing for our first lambs to be born this April, in time for our first visiting children.”
One Jamie’s Farm Ambassador, Adele, aged 15, commented: “Once you are at the farm you get stuck in and it’s so overwhelming how much you can do within a week. Being around people with positive energy who empower you to believe that you can do something makes you more confident within yourself. Once you are here, you open up and feel so much better in yourself – it’s like a massive weight being lifted off your shoulders.”
The South of England Agricultural Society’s CEO, Iain Nicol, said: “As part of our support of Jamie’s Farm we will be helping raise awareness of the vital work, support and opportunities the charity offers to children at risk of exclusion from school. We will also be enabling the charity to use our events as platforms to fundraise. With a shared interest in agriculture, and as a charity that has been established in the region for over 50 years, we are keen to get Jamie’s Farm firmly on the map here in the South.”
Jamie’s Farm will be exhibiting at the Society’s annual show Spring Live! over the May Bank Holiday (5 and 6 May). Visitors to the stand will be able to find out more about how the charity helps children in the local community, be able to sign up to volunteer, and hear first-hand the latest developments on the land.
For more information, or to make a charitable donation to Jamie’s Farm, please visit jamiesfarm.org.uk