During his life, Bernard Conyers saw a great lack of opportunity for less advantaged people to publish or disseminate their original work and on his death his daughter donated a sum of money to the Arkleton Trust to create a fund specifically to encourage the dissemination of information, findings or new ideas related to rural development practice.
Early Bernard Conyers Awards gave priority to material relating to developing countries, the links between Europe and these countries or the lessons which Europe can learn from the experiences of these countries. In 2014, with the agreement of the Conyers family, the Bernard Conyers Funds were placed with the Arkleton Trust Awrad moneys and no further individual Bernard Conyers Awards will be made. However in light of the tremendous impact some of these awards have had we recognise and maintain the legacy of these awards here.
Background Information to the Bernard Conyers Awards
Developments in the European and International arenas have heightened the need for The Arkleton Trust to enhance its activities to assist rural development in the poorer countries of Eastern and Central Europe and in the developing world. In the last decade the Trust’s strategy was to focus on a selected number of key themes of international relevance and contemporary importance for rural peoples, especially the most vulnerable, and on specific niche areas within these themes. Each theme will have a minimum duration of two years in the first instance. The first theme which the Trust concentrated on was “Rural Community Strategies For Managing The Economic And Social Impacts Of Climate Change“. The second set of fellowships were on the theme “How Rural Communities Adapt to Climate Change“. The third theme was “Doing Rural Development in the Economic Down Turn”. From 2013 the Trust has focussed its Fellowships on promoting exchange of learning through study trips by groups of practitioners (although the group could also include academics and policy makers if relevant). The topic or theme of the study trip exchanges is open. Particular interest is placed on learning in and from African nations.
2013 – 2014
The Bernard Conyers Fund was used to fund the Arkelon Trust Fellowship Study Trips for exchange of knowledge
The Bernard Conyers Fund was used to fund the Arkleton Trust fellowships on ‘Doing Rural Development in the Economic Downturn’
2008 and 2010 Awards
2006 and 2007 Awards
To provide information on the environment, resources, native species etc. via the internet.
Project: To publish and promote a booklet on herbal medicines and treatments.