Call for Student Land Army to help with Lincolnshire's harvest
Do you know a student who would like to work on bringing in the local harvest?
The Greater Lincolnshire LEP Team has been hard at work supporting national food security during the Covid-19 pandemic which is now attracting national media and royal attention. The LEP were inspired to call for the creation of a student land army made up of students from sixth forms, further education colleges, universities and higher education facilities, as a solution to support the food sector and imminent harvest. The aim is to enlist their help to work on farms to bring in local produce and help keep the nation fed. 80,000 seasonal workers are needed for this vital work which begins locally from June onwards.
The efforts of the LEP have been praised by Caroline Povey from Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) who said: "I just wanted to get in touch to say thank you for all the work Greater Lincolnshire LEP are doing to mobilise students to take up work on farms over the summer. It is fantastic to see that you are helping to raise awareness of the Pick for Britain website, which is a joint Defra and Industry initiative."
The LEP has subsequently been included as a partner to the national scheme and The Prince of Wales has since added his voice to the campaign. You can watch his message here. For more information visit the Greater Lincolnshire LEP website.