ABF The Soldiers’ Charity has recently provided a grant of £20,000 to HighGround to cover the cost of Army veterans attending Rural Weeks during 2018. Many of the veterans who attend these weeks are not currently in employment, often as a result of a challenging transition back in to civilian life.

HighGround provide serving and veteran military personnel with therapeutic and employment opportunities outdoors. Their Rural Weeks programme introduces the huge range of opportunities available to them; such as working as an arborist in a disaster zone, running a cider orchard, being a park ranger, or conserving vultures in Africa.

During a Rural Week, participants learn about Forestry, Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation, Estate Management, Smallholding and much more. The programme gives soldiers and veterans the opportunity to be among other ex-military people, to identify and remind themselves of their military skills, and learn how they can use them to find employment in the land-based sector.

HighGround Chairman of Trustees, Air Cdre (Ret’d) Ian Elliott, said: “Our unique Rural Week programme provides a unique ‘a la carte’ menu of land-based sector job opportunities and associated training requirements and we have already helped numerous veterans embark successfully on the next phase of their working lives. None of this would have been possible without the fantastic help and support we have received from The Soldiers’ Charity. We are massively grateful for their backing, their trust and their encouragement and as we look to expand our efforts to meet growing demands for our services, we very much look forward to continuing our association long into the future.”