Fife girl receives funding from Roy Watherston Memorial Trust to attend conference

jennyJenny Brunton from  Anstruther has been awarded a £2000 award by the Roy Watherston Memorial Trust to attend a forthcoming Commonwealth agricultural conference in Singapore.

Organised by the Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth (RASC), the conference will attract over fifty leading national and regional agricultural show societies working in twenty Commonwealth countries when it meets for its 27th conference on 2nd November.

Jenny, who works for Cornceres Farm as Assistant Manager at their holiday park, will join the Next Generation delegation as they seek to develop an international support system to foster the collaboration between commonwealth countries.

Tackling issues such as food waste management, food sustainability and involving the next generation, Jenny will hear from eminent speakers including RASC President, HRH The Princess Royal, Princess Anne and Baroness Scotland, Commonwealth Secretary General.

An active member of East Fife JAC, Scottish Association of Young Farmer Clubs (SAYFC), and a Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET) volunteer, Jenny is a graduate of Glasgow Caledonian University in History with Politics.

Jenny was already selected by SAYFC to attend the three-day RASC Conference; the additional funding will not only cover transport and accommodation costs, it will also allow Jenny to attend the pre-conference tour which will take in a variety of visits to plantations and farms across Singapore and Malaysia.

Commenting on her trip, Jenny said: “Although the UK has voted to leave the EU, we are still leading members of the Commonwealth and I strongly believe in the enhancing and development of these relations, something which I would advocate for in Scotland.  I am very grateful to the Roy Watherston Trust and SAYFC for giving me this opportunity.”

The Ray Watherston Trust scholarship was set up to allow young people to travel in support of their careers in agriculture.