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Grants Approved Update

Under the current programme, our two LEADER Local Action Groups have approved grants totalling more than £1.1 million for 34 projects which are forecast to create 33 new full time equivalent jobs over the next three years.

Examples of projects funded so far include:

 

Farm productivity 

  • Robotic milking units for R D Renwick Ltd to increase milk yield and efficiency with high welfare standards

  • Purchase of a minimum cultivation strip tillage seed drill for F de Boer & Partners 

  • Two beef monitor units linked to EID to allow real time monitoring of daily weight gain at A R Peters & Son

  • LED lighting and variable speed vacuum pump at Huddlestone dairy farm. 

  • Straw shredding and pelleting equipment for Easy Pack Haylage at Tickfold Farm to produce pellets for biomass boilers and animal bedding.

  • An auto teat dipping and flushing system, automatic shedding gates and dairy EID system for Woodhorn organic dairy farm.

  • A single bank plate cooling system and variable speed vacuum pump to increase efficiency of Houghton dairy farm. 

Support for micro and small businesses and farm diversification 

  • A new, more energy efficient, walk in meat freezer at Adsdean Farm Shop

  • A CNC cutting machine and other equipment to help expand W L West & Son's Ltd's range of bespoke timber products 

  • A barn conversion to extend Burning Sky Brewery’s premises at Firle

  • Modern digital equipment for Scott Labels, a label printing business in Milland

  • A new e-commerce system for Plants4Presents to increase sales of their plants online

  • New e-commerce system for Ridgeview Winery to increase online sales and tour bookings

  • Creation of a new micro-brewery and brewing school at Chiddinglye Farm

  • New flexible office space at Barcombe to enable local businesses, especially home based, to grow and take on staff

  • New equipment for Besmoke, a food processing company at Ford Airfield Estate, including commercialisation of a new "clean" technology for smoking ingredients

  • Equipment and expanded premises for Noble & Stace, an artisan chocolate maker at Easebourne

  • The fitting out and equipping of a new farm shop at Stansted Park showcasing local produce

Rural tourism

  • A new playground to improve the family offer at RSPB Pulborough Brooks

  • Luxury lodges at Tinwood vineyard to promote wine tourism.

  • New signage and website promoting accessible walks around Bramber.

  • Farm bunkhouse accommodation at Houghton Farm near the South Downs Way for cyclists and walkers.

  • Improved visitor information and a new visitor website and leaflet for Billingshurst.

Provision of rural services

  • Refurbishment of West Dean's community shop and cafe 

  • An outdoor learning centre for a new care farm at Chailey Heritage Foundation. 

  • A community room and visitor centre at St Mary’s Church Apuldram.

  • The refurbishment of the Plumpton Community Pavilion to increase use and allow the pre-school nursery to expand.

Forestry productivity

  • A mobile wood chipper to add value to the by-product of C B Forestry’s contracting and fencing supply work, by producing wood-chip suitable for use as biomass fuel.

  • A forestry harvester head for Holmbush Farm’s biomass business.

 



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