Three Counties Announces The Return Of The Joe Henson Bursary

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8th May 2017

Following its successful launch last year, The Three Counties Agricultural Society Bursary in Memory of Joe Henson MBE is back again offering grants of up to £3,000 donated to two students of the three counties of Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire studying agriculture or related subjects. 

Ken Nottage, chief executive of Three Counties, said: “Joe was a highly regarded member of the Three Counties Agricultural Society and it was his vision and passion for Rare Breeds that sees us champion them as a core part of our Royal Three Counties Show today. In tribute of Joe’s fantastic work, we are thrilled to have a bursary in his memory. The Joe Henson Bursary supports those within the three counties venturing into further education in agriculture or related subjects. This is something both Joe and the Three Counties are deeply passionate about and forms just one part of our efforts to future proof the opportunities within the agricultural industries.”

The Joe Henson Bursary supports up to three years of study, with up to £1,000 per annum provided each year to two students. This tribute seeks to encourage those within the three counties to explore the diverse careers available in the industry. Tom Saunders was one of the lucky students awarded with last year’s bursary. Said Tom: “Being awarded with the Joe Henson MBE Bursary has allowed me to continue with my studies at Hartpury with an agricultural degree that started in September 2016. The grant has had a positive impact on my daily life and has taken certain pressures away. From working part time and relying upon any grant funding offered to me I value all the bursary’s support.”

Joe was  a former President of the Three Counties Agricultural Society and it was through his vision that ‘Rare Breed Sunday’ has become a feature of the Royal Three Counties Show. The Henson legacy continues at the Three Counties with Joe’s son Adam Henson, star of BBC Countryfile, a keen ambassador for many of the Three Counties Shows. Adam said: “The family are absolutely delighted with the bursary and believe that Joe would have been so thrilled. It is an amazing tribute, besides being something with which Joe would have been so proud to be associated.”

Applications are now open and will close on Friday 1st July. Interviews will be held during July and August by a panel of bursary board members from the three counties including a member of the Henson family. Successful applicants will be informed as soon as possible thereafter. To apply, applicants must complete a form available on the Three Counties website at and Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park website at