Local group secures more cash to help rural communities

Press Release: 11/04/2012

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Farmers, woodland owners, rural businesses and communities across Winchester and East Hampshire have received grant funding from the Rural Development Programme for England.

The Winchester & East Hampshire Rural Local Action Group (LAG) has allocated over £1.3m to 102 projects since April 2009 and has just secured another £108k to support more local rural enterprises.

Farmer, George Rees of South Lynch Estate became the 100th project to receive funding with an award of around £55,000. He is converting a redundant farm building into office accommodation.

He said,

RDPE funding has made a significant difference to our farm. We are extremely grateful to the LAG for supporting our efforts to rejuvenate one of our older buildings and for supporting our dairy improvements. We encourage all farmers in the Winchester and East Hampshire area to take advantage of the grant scheme.”

Chairperson David Webb is a local businessman and has been involved in the project from the start. He is joined on the LAG by local farmers, business owners, community and Council representatives.

He commented,

We have seen first hand how a rural development grant can create local jobs, enable farms to diversify and support local food producers to generate economic growth. Our successful performance means that DEFRA have awarded further funding to the group. We will continue to support projects that offer opportunities for new jobs and that support our local economy.”

Examples of how this funding has helped others include:

To find out more about the project log onto www.Fieldfareleader.org.uk or call Ken Brown on 01962 848 588 or email kbrown@Winchester.gov.uk