Jeremy Houghton’s exhibition

The Private View of Guarding the Countryside to raise funds for HighGround on Tuesday was a great success. The show runs until 18th March at the Osborne Studio Gallery

Internationally acclaimed British artist Jeremy Houghton is having an exhibition at The Osborne Studio Gallery in London to raise funds for HighGround, a charity which helps ex-military people to find employment in the land-based sector.

HighGround is a young charity started by Anna Baker Cresswell to help Service Leavers, Reservists and Veterans to find jobs, careers and vocational opportunities in the land-based sector – farming, forestry, conservation, landscape design and much, much more.

Anna says  “Military life involves being outdoors in all weathers and many of the skills such as  problem-solving, teamwork and communication  which people learn during their careers map perfectly into the land-based sector. The average age of the UK’s rural workforce is 59 and HighGround’s ambition is to link employers to these unique and special people and help them as they and their long suffering families  journey through civvy street.

Following the success of 2 pilot Rural Weeks delivered at Plumpton College last autumn, HighGround is now seeking funding to roll the 2015 Rural Weeks programme out to help Service Leavers, Reservists and Veterans to find out about the vast range of opportunities the land-based sector offers and how to access them.

We are extremely grateful to Jeremy and to The Osborne Studio Gallery for giving us the opportunity to raise HighGround’s profile, especially during Cheltenham week. We currently receive no statutory funding and rely entirely on grants and public donation to fund our work so this really is a precious opportunity.”

The exhibition, Guarding the Countryside will run from 10th to 16th March 2015 at 2 Motcomb Street, London SW1.


Notes to editors:

  1. For more information about HighGround and its work, please contact Anna Baker Cresswell on 07951 495 272 or


  1. For more information about Jeremy’s art, please contact: Simone Hancox. 07803 813668
  1. For more information about The Osborne Studio Gallery, please contact Anna Rawlinson. 0207 235 9667