The John Platt Travel Scholarship was launched by Cheshire Agricultural Society and Reaseheath College in 2008. It is open to anyone aged between 18 and 35. Each year, there are two £2,000 travel scholarships available for those who wish to gain further knowledge, through travel, in their chosen career in the agricultural or related sectors.

The Scholarship was created in recognition of the late John Platt, who supported the thriving agricultural community of Cheshire through his many roles within the county. He chaired the Cheshire Agricultural Society for nearly 30 years and co-ordinated the Cheshire County Show. John retained a keen interest in the development of local young farmers and young people in the industry as a whole and, himself a keen traveller, believed that much of his personal and professional success was attributed to having had the opportunity to travel and discover new horizons.

John had taken an active part in the first five years of the Scholarship and said at the time; “I am so pleased about how successful the travel scholarship has been, it is very satisfying that the recipients have enjoyed their travels and it has been of great use to their careers going forward” John Platt, OBE, DL, Hon DSc, FRAgS.

If you’re keen to broaden your knowledge through travel apply now for the John Platt Travel Scholarship.

You need to be

  • Aged between 18 and 35 years old
  • Working in agriculture or related industries

Your project

The scholarship will be awarded to an applicant who can outline a project they wish to work on which could be focused on exploring topics such as:

  • New technology
  • New or alternative farming methods
  • Diversification
  • Utilisation or sustainability of natural resources
  • Improved profitability within Cheshire agriculture

Successful applicants will be expected, on their return, to make a formal presentation of their findings to the Cheshire Agricultural Society and nominated groups.

How to apply

For more information contact the Reaseheath College Vice Principal, Dave Kynaston on 01270 613243 or email

Deadline for applications – 30th April 2018

The object of the scholarship is to assist those who would be prevented from travelling through lack of financial resources.

If you are interested in the travel scholarship but not ready to apply yet, please leave your details below:

Previous recipients

Neil Quinlan, 2015 recipient

I found the scholarship hugely beneficial and much of what I learned has been put in to practice as we are now running our own heifer rearing unit. We’ve introduced weighing stock to make sure we meet growth targets, vaccination plans for our younger beef calves and we’ve increased consistency for group changes.

Neil Quinlan, 2015 recipientIreland and America
Rachel Billington, 2014 recipient

I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunities that I gained through the John Platt Travel Scholarship and would recommend anyone who is interested in developing their knowledge and experience to apply.

Rachel Billington, 2014 recipientUnited Kingdom
Sara Pederson, 2013 recipient

The John Platt Travel Scholarship gave me the knowledge and confidence I needed to focus my career entirely on foot health in dairy cattle. My newly gained skills have enabled me to deliver a more direct and targeted approach on farm and I continue to work directly with dairy farmers as well as with agri-businesses. I’ve recently embarked on an AHDB Dairy funded PhD which will build on the knowledge and connections made during my John Platt Travel Scholarship.

Sara Pederson, 2013 recipientAmerica
Adam Brown, 2012 recipient

I seriously recommend for any young enthusiastic person to consider applying for this Scholarship. It would be such an achievement as well as meeting lots of very interesting people and their ways of doing things.

Adam Brown, 2012 recipientGermany and America
David Williams, 2011 recipient

This trip has been a great benefit to me personally as well as for my career in farming.

David Williams, 2011 recipientCanada and America
Katy Waller, 2010 recipient

I’d recommend everyone to apply for the Scholarship – it has really broadened my ideas and was the trip of a lifetime!

Katy Waller, 2010 recipientAmerica

You can find out more about the Scholarship, previous recipients and the experiences they had by clicking here.

You can also read the full reports here and Robert Yardley’s report here.

Alternatively, come along to our next event to hear from past recipients.