Welcome to the Arkleton Trust Website

The Arkleton Trust was founded in 1977 “to study new approaches to rural development and education” and “improve understanding between rural policy makers, academics, practitioners and rural people”.

The Trust organises seminars and workshops on matters of rural interest and concern, encourages exchange of experience, and has a series of publications. The Trust itself does not make awards or give grants, but it does administer three small funds which do make specific awards.

Invited 'Friends of Arkleton Trust' and registered awardees and fellows may Login to access additional features on the website.

The Arkleton Trust (‘The Trust’) is registered as a charity with the Charity Commission for England and Wales, registration number 275153.


The Arkleton Trust has a long history of supporting national and international approaches to rural development policy and practice and encouraging the sharing of experience and knowledge gained, with particular emphasis on assisting and promoting rural development in the poorer and developing countries around the world.  It has done this through a range of mechanisms, including publications, seminars, study tours, fellowships.

Over the years, it has found that one of the most effective ways of transferring knowledge and expertise has been through study tours and exchanges between countries by groups and individuals.  These often involve or are facilitated by governments, NGOs, universities and other establishments, but may also include less formal arrangements.

The Arkleton Trust has, therefore, decided to focus its funding in the future to support study tours, visits and exchanges which help facilitate valuable knowledge exchanges.

For further information please go to the Arkleton Fellowship Pages.