TWO members of Chagford Young Farmers? Club have won scholarships to Austria.

Gill Everitt, 24, from Manaton, and Clive Janes, from Chagford, will spend a week in July in the company of other similar young people from across Europe.

The scholarship comes under the umbrella of Step By Step Through Europe and involves some 60 young people from various European countries.

The aim of the international committee running the week is to ?pave the way? for more tolerance in the rural areas and for the ?preservation of the cultural inheritance in Europe?.

Gill, a self-employed groom and house animal sitter, said the scholarship winners would be able to exchange views and learn how each other?s countries coped with specific rural problems and issues.

?What we learn and bring back we can share with Devon because we have to do presentations and talks to different clubs. We will tell them how other young people cope with rural life,? she said.

Devon YFC is the only county in the country that offers scholarships in the community and Gill said it was a great privilege to be selected.

Chagford YFC chairman Clive Janes, 19, from Moretonhampstead, said he is keen to see how young members of the farming community in other countries operate, especially in the wake of foot and mouth.