A photo of a famer in a field working at FarmEd

The 2023 Ashden Award for

Future Farmers

What is the Future Farmers award?

Developing skills and training for sustainable land management

Award prize: £10,000

Supported by: Garfield Weston Foundation 

Smarter ways of managing land can help us grow food sustainably, boost ecosystem restoration and protect biodiversity. But this will only happen if people have the skills to put regenerative approaches into action. 

The Ashden Award for Skills in Sustainable Land Management will boost colleges, charities, businesses and others driving alternatives to extractive farming, waterways management and land use in the UK. Systems that restore ecosystems, instead of damaging them. The winner will need to show the impact of their work, both on learners and the climate.  

Changes to land use could deliver up to 30% of emissions reductions needed for the UK’s 2050 net zero target. Skills trailblazers can make this ambition a reality, while helping people access jobs and opportunities.  

2023 finalists

FarmED is a Cotswolds not for profit showing regenerative agriculture in action, and working to transform attitudes to food and farming.

Education at Black Mountain College in Wales supports climate action and adaptation. Vocational courses teach regenerative approaches to land and woodland management, and are taught in nature, with a focus on creating positive change in the region and beyond.

2023 shortlist

Agriculture courses at Bishop Burton College in East Yorkshire combine cutting-edge technology with climate-friendly techniques.

The Apricot Centre in Devon offers free traineeships and placements, working in partnership with local farms to support skills for regenerative agriculture.

Key 2023 Award dates

applications open

18 January2023

Applications Closed

8 March 2023



Finalists announced


Winners announced at award ceremony


Join the 2023 Ashden Awards ceremony

Tuesday 14 November 2023

Held in London and streamed online

This November, journey with us – from Liverpool to Kenya, Brecon to Peru – to meet the grassroots innovators transforming the way we work to upskill communities, supporting those most in need and protecting our planet

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