Rural England Prosperity Fund case study - camping facilities at Etherley Farm

Etherley Farm received Rural Surrey LEADER (Liaison Entre Actions de Développement de l'Économie Rurale) funding to convert farm buildings into permanent toilet and shower facilities and set up a farm shop to encourage campers to stay for longer visits.

A free-range poultry farm on the slopes of Leith Hill, Etherley Farm also offers a popular camping site. The farm badly needed improved facilities and was awarded funding to convert redundant farm buildings into permanent toilet/shower facilities with an aim to encourage campers to stay for longer visits.

In addition, there is now a butchery and a fully equipped and manned farm shop to serve camping guests as well as local trade. It offers customers on-site products and camping essentials and has allowed the farm to expand its range of free-range produce from their poultry, cattle and a small herd of pigs.

In addition, the farm has successfully applied for a further small grant to purchase juice-making equipment to process the apples from the orchard. This will develop a new part of the business and create apple juice and cider to be sold in the new shop.

Project costs, grant awarded, and job created

  • On farm shop, butchery and camping facilities
  • Total project cost £106,378
  • Grant awarded: £42,550
  • Jobs created: 1.25 FTE (Full time equivalent)

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