Background: The only urban fringe farm in North Tyneside farming 175 acres in a high quality, diversified way, the Rising Sun Farm is run by a charitable trust to provide social, environmental and economic benefits to the local area.

The trust, which owns the Rising Sun Farm Trading Company Ltd, farms 175 acres of land which includes pigs, poultry, sheep, a livery, Food House and Day Care Centre. The surplus generated from the farming activities goes back to the Trust for investment into the farm for the benefit of the local community and to ensure the long term stability of the farm and its Trust.

The Rising Sun Farm exists as a charitable trust to promote information and educational activities on horticulture and livestock production, provide advice and support on the growing and cooking of healthy foods, provide a welcoming and engaging environment for leisure and recreation activities for local residents. The Trust aims to provide a thriving, high quality, working farm providing opportunities and resources for education, learning, recreation and participation for the community of North Tyneside.

Responsibilities:  To oversee the management of the Trust's commercial Trading Company

To ensure the Trust is meeting its charitable objectives

To comply with the charity's governing document and the law

To act in the charity's best interests

To manage the charity's resources responsibly

To act with reasonable care and skill

To ensure your charity is accountable

To reduce the risk of liability

Main duties:

To attend quarterly trustee meetings

Commitment: Trustees are expected to attend an induction session at Rising Sun Farm prior to their first board meeting. Trustees are expected to attend all board meetings, which are held four times a year.

About Rising Sun Farm

Welcome to Rising Sun Farm, an urban fringe community farm in Wallsend, Tyne and Wear.

The Rising Sun Farm Trust manages the 70.8 hectares (175 acres) farm within the Rising Sun Country Park. A partnership arrangement exists between the Trust and North Tyneside Council with a view to managing the entire country park in a joined up and coherent approach.

The farm and country park are free and open to all. There are self-led walking trails and the country park's Countryside Centre contains a restaurant. Fresh home-grown produce can be purchased at the farm - check out what is available in the Farm Shop.

What skills do I need?

Person specification:

You don't need to have any specific skills or experiences to apply for this role, however all trustees must have:

a commitment to the mission of the Farm Trust

a willingness to devote the necessary time and effort


strategic vision

good, independent judgement

an ability to think creatively

a willingness to speak their mind

an understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship 

an ability to work effectively as a member of a team and to take decisions for the good of the Trust

The Trust is keen to hear from people who have skills and experience in the following areas:




charity governance

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