Heaven opens gates to future in farming with bursary boost ahead of tug of war World Championships


Hartpury student Charlotte Heaven will be hoping a recent boost to her farming future will help spur her to victory as she competes for England at the World Tug of War Championships this week.

The 18-year-old Agriculture student (pictured right), who will compete alongside her twin sister for England as the World Championships get underway in Sweden this week, has become one of the first recipients of the Joe Henson Bursary – aimed at helping aspiring agriculturalists to take their studies further.

“We [Charlotte and her sister Amanda] started tug of war for a bit of fun at a Young Farmers’ meeting and then it progressed to a point where we got asked to train with the England team and they asked us to pull, so it has been a quick rise,” Charlotte said.

The Heaven twins will not be the only Hartpury students on show at the championships either, with Welsh pair Bill Davies and Thomas Phillip pulling for the Welsh team. The championship, which get underway on Saturday, will see representative teams from around the world challenging for top honours including the men’s and ladies Under-23s competitions.

Heaven, who will begin her Extended Agriculture Diploma on her return from the World Championships, is hoping that her recent bursary will help her along the path to her dream career.

“Originally I wanted to be a goat farmer but realised that it wasn’t for me after they ate my money and my t-shirt!” she said. “So now I’ve set my sights on being a dairy farmer and owning my own farm; this bursary is going to be a massive help for me to get where I want to be. I’m dyslexic and getting the bursary has been really great for my confidence and I’m hoping that it will continue to help me with my studies at Hartpury.”

Charlotte is also set to make an appearance on BBC’s Blue Peter on her return from Sweden. The Joe Henson Bursary will support up to three years of study, with up to £1,000 provided each year to two students across the three counties – Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire.

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