Case Studies

Arnold Farms - Water & Fertiliser Project

Farm to boost efficiency following £30K LEADER grant


A farm in Worcestershire has received a £30,000 grant to enable it to plough on with a water and fertiliser application efficiency project.

Arnold Farms Ltd in Ombersley is a third generation farming business with a strong horticultural production heritage. It farms just over 800 acres with a diverse range of cropping. Cropping consists of outdoor and forced rhubarb, dried and fresh herbs, sweetcorn, potatoes and cereals.

The money it received from LEADER has helped bosses buy a highly accurate GPS fertiliser spreader, a 64metre wide irrigation boom which reduces the water pressure required to operate it over conventional methods and a highly efficient electric irrigation pump and associated pipe work to allow for efficient pumping of irrigation water over 300 acres.

The project will allow Arnold Farms to reduce weather/climate related risks to crop yield and quality allowing them to hopefully create a more robust profit margin and employment portfolio throughout the year.

John Baines, Farm Manager at Arnold Farms Ltd, said: "The LEADER grant process has been very efficient and straight forward. It has help Arnold Farms immensely by enabling an investment planned over 10 years to be completed in one year knowing that the full efficiency savings and decreased business risk will be felt straight away.

"Please don`t hesitate to enquire whether the LEADER grant is available to you, it`s defiantly worth a go."

LEADER is part of the Rural Development Programme for England and is delivered locally by Worcestershire County Council and the Worcestershire Local Action Group on behalf of Defra.

The focus of the LEADER programme is on growing the economies of rural communities by enabling local people to identify and implement solutions to local problems.

The project has received funding from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development under the Rural Development Programme for England. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is the Managing Authority for the Rural Development Programme for England.

For more information contact Katie Ainsworth or Lucy Mayo on 01905 843992/01905 846741.