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Triodos Bank backs purchase of a new site by Jamie’s Farm

Education charity Jamie’s Farm has purchased a sixth rural farm, with the backing of a £3m loan from Triodos Bank UK.

Jamie’s Farm provides transformational residential trips to the countryside for young people at risk of social and academic exclusion. They are given the opportunity to display their talents and show responsibility with real farm jobs, encouraging togetherness and an escape from the challenges of normal life. The charity has helped almost 13,000 disadvantaged young people to boost their self confidence and improve their behaviour since it was founded in 2009.

The addition of Lower Shockerwick Farm means a further 450 children can be supported each year, helping to meet increased demand from schools and local authorities. The 200-acre farm is set five miles outside Bath and, in addition to the loan from Triodos, fundraised income has contributed to the purchase.

Jamie Feilden, co founder and CEO of Jamie’s Farm, said: “This purchase is a dream come true for Jamie’s Farm. It is an incredible opportunity to expand our capacity and better meet the growing need for our proven therapeutic intervention, at a time when young people are facing some of the toughest challenges in decades. We are very grateful to the individuals, trusts, and Triodos Bank who are helping to fund the project.”

John Sharpe, relationship manager at Triodos Bank UK, added: “We’ve worked with Jamie’s Farm for almost 14 years now and it has been wonderful to see the charity grow its network of sites and the number of young people that it can support during that time. As a bank focused on positive impact, we’re pleased to support a project set to bring many benefits to young people, the wider community and biodiversity around the farm.

Find out more about Tridos bank UK and Jamie’s Farm.

Key image taken by Lydia Booth photography