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Live Well     Farm & Croft Well

Farmstrong Scotland is a new rural wellbeing programme for the farming and crofting sector, sharing peer-to-peer tips and advice.


Welcome to Farmstrong Scotland, it is great to welcome you to our page.


We are busy building our website, to launch in July 2023 so do check back then. In the meantime, why not register for our newsletter, download the five steps to wellbeing guide or watch back the video from our recent tour with inspiring speaker and farmer Marc Gascoigne.

John Scott

Farmstrong Scotland Chairman

Latest News & Events

Five Steps to Wellbeing

Farming, like many professions, is a job with plenty of challenges and rewards. There’s always ups-and-downs.

That’s why you’ve got to look after yourself. Investing in your wellbeing means you will have some to draw on when you are under pressure. It will also make you healthier and more productive on the farm or croft.

International research, and our friends at Farmstrong in New Zealand, have found that people who thrive had five things in common. They key is to use small, but regular improvements, so they become a habit.

It can be as simple as speaking to a friend, noticing the birds, taking time to help a neighbour, listening to a podcast, or leaving the quad bike in the shed and walking to check your livestock.

The Five Steps to Wellbeing is just one example of the tips and tools Farmstrong Scotland will be offering once the website is fully live. Small changes can make a big difference.

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Support Farmstrong Scotland

Development for Farmstrong Scotland started in 2018, following the successful Doug Avery Tour and, with the support of a small voluntary committee, will be launched in 2023. Over the last two years, the group has been conducting research, focus groups, liaising with Farmstrong in New Zealand, working on a fundraising and marketing strategy, organising events, building governance procedures, and most recently, hosted the "Live Well, Farm and Croft Well" tour across Scotland.

Thanks to a kind grant from RHASS, the project commenced in 2021 and this was followed by a commitment and support from Movember, who have agreed to match every £1 raised by Farmstrong Scotland, up to the value of £350,000. Further funds have been donated by NFU Mutual Charitable Trust, Young Farmers Clubs, community events, and personal and business donations. Our thanks go to each and every person who has got behind it so far.

If you would like to support Farmstrong Scotland, here is how you can get involved...


Donate Online

You can donate via our Crowdfunding page, anything from £1 or more. We are hoping to raise £5000 during the summer of 2023, and will be attending events and shows across Scotland.


Donate via BACS

If you would like to donate via BACS, just get in touch and we can share our donation form and bank details.





If you are interested in sponsorship, or corporate support, please get in touch. We would love to chat about any opportunities to ensure we provide a programme that helps farmers and crofters across Scotland.

Every £1 you donate, will be match funded by Movember, thus doubling your donation. So if you donate £20, Movember will contribute £20.

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Farmstrong Scotland Tour

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Farmer Marc Gascoigne shared his personal story, and how Farmstrong in New Zealand has helped him change his thinking. Our thanks go to SAC Consulting for filming the session, which is available to watch back.

A dairy farmer from Cambridge in the North Island of New Zealand, the business runs 480 Friesian cows and replacement heifers and calves, about 90 of each.

After spent years battling anxiety and depression, Marc reached out for support. At times, he was so overwhelmed that he hated the farm and his life, that he felt like walking out on both. Today, and in his own words “life for me is awesome and I love farming again.”

He is now a volunteer facilitator for the Rural Support Trust (similar to RSABI) and a Farmstrong New Zealand ambassador. He is also President of his local cycling club with 350 members, has completed 6 marathons, 4 ultra-marathons, 3 Ironman triathlons and countless long-distance bike events!

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