07 JUL 2017

Kent County Show 2017

Helen meets some of Maidstone's Young Farmers

Maidstone and The Weald MP Helen Grant took time to drop-in on the Young Farmers tent at this year's Kent County Show.

She met up with the Young Farmers Club from Maidstone's New Line Learning Academy in Boughton Lane who regularly enter livestock competitions around the country, notably winning awards at the 2015 Kent County Show.

The club is based at the academy's own farm which has been in existence for over 35 years and focusses on teaching farming and countryside management to young people aged 11 – 26.

Helen said 'Our rural industry supports thousands of local jobs and is a vital aspect of Kent's economic well-being. New Line Learning's Farmers Club plays an important role in recruiting and preparing young people for entry into the rural sector. Working with animals also engenders something uniquely calming within many people, whilst also teaching them about real responsibility. They have my full support'.

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