Rural Surrey LEADER has awarded differing amounts to various Surrey projects .........
January 2018 - Taurus Wines Ltd near Bramley have received £49,201 as part of their expansion into new premises. The grant will help them to become a 'go to' wine shop for Surrey as it will feature a high-tech wine dispensing system offering customers the chance to sample a greater variety of products, including a focus on locally-produced wines.
Up to December 2017
- Park Farm Stables near Oxted were awarded just over £47,000 to convert a significant part of the farm holding, previously a dairy farm, into equine use. This will offer a part livery service for around 30 horses for owners requiring a service that falls between full livery and DIY livery. The project will include the installation of 20 stables, an indoor and an outdoor sand school and facilities for livery customers (tack room, horse solarium, toilets). In addition a new website will be designed for the use of the livery business.
- Surrey Wildlife Trust were awarded just over £8,000 in December 2017 to purchase mobile cattle handling equipment to provide humane and safe handling of the SWT herd of rare breed cattle. This is in addition to a grant previously awarded for safe moving of their flock of sheep. This scheme has demonstrable wildlife and conservation benefits to many sites and will also produce rare breed lamb on a small scale commercial basis.
- Chimney Fire Coffee roasters received funding to improve facilities 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 Surrey, 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..
In addition these projects were approved up to September 2017
Nick Wenman – Albury Organic Vineyard, based at Silent Pool, was 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 received 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, was 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, was 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, received 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.