Rural Surrey LEADER has awarded over £200,000 to eight projects.........


  • Our latest award is to Chimney Fire Coffee roasters in their new location at Ranmore Manor.  Their grant is being used to purchase larger capacity machinery to increase the output of coffee and to undertake more 'Chimney Fire Coffee Experiences', as well as updating the functionality of their website.
  • We were delighted to support Gray’s Dairy, near Polesden Lacey, one of an ever-decreasing number of dairy farms in Gray's Dairy logoSurrey, to successfully apply for a range of equipment to make gelato (a type of ice cream which uses more milk than traditional ice cream).  This fantastic new product is made on the farm using the creamy milk from the beautiful Ayrshire cows.  Production has just completed its first year and the gelato is becoming widely available in local farm shops and eateries.  Yum! 
  • Ben Nicholson Trees Ltd wished to purchase a small forestry tractor and timber forwarding trailer.  The size of this equipment will allow better access to smaller woodlands, easier transportation to and from sites and also will minimise damage to the woodlands which otherwise would require costly reinstatement..
  • Lockhurst Hatch Farm, nestled in a beautiful valley near Albury, has received funding to turn a disused agricultural building into a holiday let, adding to their on-farm portfolio of holiday accommodation.  The two bedroomed unit is nearing completion and will be ready to take guests later this autumn.
  • Etherley Farm near Ockley, had an existing campsite but wanted guests to stay for longer and so was funded to convert an unused farm building into a toilet and shower block along with a farm shop and on site butchery.  These facilities are helping to support the core farm business and are enabling the farm to expand its range of on-farm produce.
  • An arable farmer, Charrington Farms near Reigate, was funded to purchase a specialist GPS system to manage the input of nutrients into the soil and improve the farm’s yield.  This precision farming technology enables the efficient use of inputs including sprays, fertiliser and fuel which improves productivity and creates environmental benefits..
  • Surrey Wildlife Trust received a grant to purchase mobile sheep handling equipment.  This will allow them to move their flock around more easily and with less stress to the animals, to the various sites in Surrey where they graze as part of the Trust’s conservation grazing scheme.  This scheme has demonstrable wildlife and conservation benefits to many sites and will also produce rare breed lamb on a small scale commercial basis.
In addition these projects have been approved up to September 2017

Nick Wenman – Albury Organic Vineyard, based at Silent Pool, has been awarded a grant of £2,680.00 towards a project to creat a new website and to design and install new signage for a self-guided tour at the vineyard at Silent Pool. 

John Downing – Wintersell Farm, Edenbridge has been awarded a grant of £27,212.91 towards a project to install an LED lighting system, rubber floor matting in cow feed passages, welfare cow brushes, water filtration system with UV filtration and a specialist cattle foot trimming crush.

Ian Mcculloch – Spiritmen Ltd, based at Silent Pool Distillery, Albury, has been awarded a grant of £119,978.14  towards a project to deliver a (thermally efficient) semi-automatic bottling facility that stores, cleans, fills, stoppers, caps and batch labels bottles of Silent Pool Gin and other products.

Luke Nicholson – LJN Tree surgeons, based in Ewhurst, has been awarded a grant of £31,140 to purchase a Takeuchi TB260 excavator along with the forestry guarding and forestry attachments (Timber grab, rotator plus link to headstock, tree shear, mulcher and attachment).

Laurence Crow Forestry from Capel, near Dorking, has been awarded a grant of £26,810.66 to extend the existing barn area giving additional barn cover and concrete flooring for storage/drying capacity for wood, a working area to process timber and to make and store woodchip. The applicant is also installing single phase electricity to the new barn and purchasing a second log processing machine to increase the output of logs and a fan to assist with drying of the logs. 


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