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A Community Led Approach to Sustainable Rural Development

 

Yorkshire Dales LEADER Programme has been set up to build a sustainable community and economy that capitalises on the area’s environment, landscape, culture and heritage.

09/10/17

Artisan Cheese Production in Upper Nidderdale

Yorkshire Dales Leader Programme

This project will increase farm financial viability, sustainability and resilience through farm diversification into production of raw milk cheese from traditional upland cattle.

 

Utilisation of the farms natural resources and heritage provides a unique opportunity to produce a premium, unpasteurised, farmhouse cheese. This will be made using traditional recipes and sold through premium outlets. Watch this space for the first cheeses to start maturing.

09/10/17

Forcett Quarry Biomass Processing

Yorkshire Dales Leader Programme

Shire Country Services has been processing logs for the biomass sector for many years. They source timber from both local forests and other local forestry contractors. Timber is brought to the site in the round then converted to logs.

 

Processing includes drying of logs within the existing kilns heated by biomass boilers. The project aims to expand production from logs to local wood chip.

The aim is to create a local distribution and biomass production facility.  The main part of the project is a building capable of storing wood chip to service the local market.  The number of woodchip boilers in the area has grown significantly in the last 18 months.  As a continuation of this there is a local need for sustainably sourced and locally delivered biomass fuels.  The main part of the project is the erection of suitable storage for dry biofuels. The storage will need to be able to accommodate 3000cubic metres of wood chip. 

09/10/17

Heritage Timber Construction Training Centre

Yorkshire Dales Leader Programme

This project seeks to address a local, and indeed national, requirement for a training centre in heritage timber construction in order to maintain a number of key traditional skillsets.

 

Capital funding was required to bring a vernacular building on-site, known as the piggeries into a useable condition with the intention of opening a new Heritage Timber Construction Training Centre and expand a training facility.  The training centre will be used to run courses such as - Historic Timber House Construction, Oak Framed Buildings, Historic Roof Construction, Heritage Timber Repairs, Cruck Framed Building Construction & Repairs and Building with Green Timber. The building restoration was done in part by the students – learning as they worked.

 

27/02/17

Crimple Head Farm

Yorkshire Dales Leader Programme

This project aims to improve the sustainability, productivity and profitability of the farm business.

 

The objectives are to introduce new technologies to the farm to improve energy efficiency, reduce imput costs and support animal welfare improvements. Two items are proposed to meet these objectives: LED lighting and a mobile sheep handling system.

£2,930 was awarded in 2016 by the Local Action Group from LEADER funding towards equipment costs.

27/02/17

High Moor Farm

Yorkshire Dales Leader Programme

This project aims to improve the sustainability, productivity and profitability of this farm business.

 

The objectives are to introduce new technologies to the farm to improve energy efficiency, reduce input costs, better utilise and manage slurry and support animal welfare improvements. There are three items proposed within the project to meet these objectives; variable speed vacuum milk pumps, LED lighting and a Green bedding slurry separation system.

£30,100 was awarded in 2016 by the Local Action Group from LEADER funding towards building costs.

27/02/17

Old Home Farm woodland eco-cabins

Yorkshire Dales Leader Programme

This project involves the construction of four greenwood frame holiday eco-cabins around a lake within existing broadleaved woodland close to Old Home Farm.

 

The project will diversify the farm business and provide additional income and employment as well as introduce people to the countryside in an eco-friendly environment. The eco-cabins are to be constructed using traditional techniques and local materials; including local wood, and heated in a sustainable way using local biomass.

£35,000 was awarded in 2016 by the Local Action Group from LEADER funding towards building costs.

27/02/17

Woodhouse biomass

Yorkshire Dales Leader Programme

This project will improve storage, handling and processing of home-produced wood fuel at Woodhouse Farm Caravan Park.

 

The produced fuel will be used to fuel a woodchip boiler that provides hot water and heating for the caravan park. 1.31 hectares of new woodland has recently been planted to extend the sustainable supply in the future. Phased chipping using on-site machinery and undercover storage next to the boiler will allow for improved chip quality and moisture content and more effecient and economic operation.

£15,994 was warded in 2016 by the Local Action Group from LEADER funding towards building costs.

27/02/17

Peaks and pods

Yorkshire Dales Leader Programme

This project will develop a luxury camping facility at Boustagill Farm to offer accomodation to walkers, cyclists and families visiting Gisburn Forest and the wider local area.

 

Three luxury camping pods, two family pods and a smaller toilet and shower facility are to be installed. The aim is to offer family accomodation to enable visitors to have a base to explore different cycling routes each day without needing to transport bikes to different starting points. There is also the possibility to offer accomodation for touring cyclists. The business will be marketed as eco-friendly, with electricity being generated on-site and local food products being made available for visitors.

£33,149 was awarded in 2016 by the Local Action Group from LEADER funding towards building costs.

27/02/17

The cheese experience

Yorkshire Dales Leader Programme

This project will create a brand-new 'cheese experience'.

 

The 'cheese experience' will tell the story of farmhouse cheese, involving a cheese production room for courses and tasting, a museum incorporating interaction fact panels on farming and milking, the history of cheese in the area, cheese making steps and a cafe. It is hoped the cheese experience will increase public understanding and enjoyment of traditional farm-made cheese and provide a successful tourist destination to support the local community.

£33,099 was awarded in 2016 by the Local Action Group from LEADER funding towards building costs.

27/02/17

Dairy cubicle shed and parlour

Yorkshire Dales Leader Programme

This project will completely overhaul cattle housing at Home Farm.

 

The new building will give spacious well-ventilated housing facilities with good levels of natural light, uncompromised access to feed areas and a covered collecting area leading to a 24 point rapid exit parlour. Animal welfare and production will improve significatnly, not only as a result of the new system but also due to reduced level of labour input into daily activities.

£22,700 was awarded in 1026 by the Local Action Group from LEADER funding towards building costs.

27/02/17

Skirbeck holiday cottage

Yorkshire Dales Leader Programme

This project will facilitate the conversion of a barn into a holiday cottage, providing non-farm income to the business to make it a more secure and robust business.

 

The holiday cottage will enable visitors to experience staying on a farm. This redevelopment will provide new employment opportunities and enhance employability skills for local young poeople. The aim is to develop high quality accomodation that will encourage tourists to stay in the rural community, then supporting the local shops, restaurants and cafes.

£34,955 was awarded in 2016 by the Local Action Groups from LEADER funding towards the building costs.

24/01/17

capital items, Croft Farm Partnership

Yorkshire Dales Leader Programme

This project will 'kick-start' our new family farming business and enable it to operate efficiently with new technology. We currently have poor livestock handling facilities and no EID reading equipment or farm software.

 

The mobile handling system will enable us to efficiently work with livestock, improve animal welfare and create a business opportunity for farm contracting services, and sheepdog demonstrations/training. The EID reader will cover our legal requirements regarding sheep identification and used in conjunction with farm software will improving the management of our flock.

£ 2,592.40 was awarded in 2016 by the Local Action Group from LEADER funding towards the equipment costs.

24/01/17

Discover Upper Nidderdale

Yorkshire Dales Leader Programme

The ‘Discover Upper Nidderdale’ project has been developed by a newly formed partnership of tourism businesses, Nidderdale Plus and Nidderdale AONB. The project will develop and promote Upper Nidderdale as an all-year-round tourism destination, building on the area’s rich heritage assets to provide a diverse range of rural tourism attractions tailored to the needs of existing and emerging markets.

 

The project’s objectives are to: • to build a year round tourism offer and encourage collaboration between businesses; • Improve visitor orientation in Upper Nidderdale by creating 2 on-the-ground visitor information points • Improve physical access to Upper Nidderdale through the creation of 4 new walking routes, associated on-line information and upgrading the Upper Nidderdale Way section of the Nidderdale Way. • Install on-site interpretation at 2 ‘Flagship Heritage Sites’ at Prosperous Lead Mine, a nationally important lead mining site and at Lodge Village, an abandoned village on the site of a former medieval grange and associated on-line information. • Develop and market two experiential tourism products focussed on ‘Upper Nidderdale as a walking destination’ and ‘Dark Skies" destination.

£ 25,698.07 was awarded in 2016 by the Local Action Group from LEADER funding.

24/01/17

Improving productivity of hill sheep flock

Yorkshire Dales Leader Programme

This project will improve the overall performance of the hill sheep flock through improved sheep handling facilities which will allow more frequent gathering of the flock in order to improve the management and welfare.

 

A mobile sheep handling unit was purchased in December 2016 in order to be able to gather the sheep flock directly on Heathfield Moor. This moor is infested with sheep ticks and these facilities will allow more regular treatment which will benefit both sheep productivity and grouse welfare. Through the more regular and timely sheep handling flock productivity will improve.  It will also release currently non-productive time thus allowing more ewes to be kept and managed, following the purchase of this equipment, and as more land becomes available.

£ 3,492.00 was awarded by the Yorkshire Dales Local Action Group from LEADER in 2016 towards the equipment purchased.

Top Ten Tips for Applicants

 

 

 1.        Start planning early

If your project is successful you will need to be very organised in order to be able to claim the money.  It is much easier if you understand from the start what you will need to do later.  You can then budget in the costs to your project.  Don’t try to change your project in order to match the funding stream – there will be more appropriate sources of funding out there.

2.        Talk to other similar projects in your area

You may get some good ideas from other projects, and your project is likely to be stronger if you can collaborate with others.

 

3.        Check the website and guidance notes when completing your form

There is lots of help and information available for you to save you time and make your life easier.  The guidance notes explain a lot about what we are looking for in your application and even give some examples of how to fill in the form. Take time to read them several times to avoid simple mistakes being made.

4.        When writing your application, assume that the reader knows nothing about your organisation or your project

Explain clearly who you are and what you intend to do.  It is fine to use acronyms if you explain them the first time you use them.  Try to see your project from the LEADER panel’s point of view.  What will make them want to fund it? The funding is discretionary, so make full use of the application form.

 

5.        Make sure you explain exactly what you want the money for

Explain very clearly what you want the money for and how you have arrived at these costs to make sure the decision makers understand your project properly

 

6.        Include the right skills and expertise in your project team

It won’t help if you try to “make do” – you need to ensure that you have the right skills to carry out your project effectively.  That gives your project the best chance of success, and any professional skills you reasonably need to buy in can also be added to the project costs.

7.        Every section of the application form will be considered when making the final decision

For example, evidence of need helps to show why you need to carry out the project at all. The options appraisal helps show how you came to the conclusion that the project proposal is the best way to meet these needs.  The risk assessment demonstrates that you have really thought the project through and are realistic about what could go wrong and how you would deal with it.

8.        It will help to provide additional information with your form

If you have them, your environmental and equal opportunities policies will help show that you take our cross cutting themes seriously.  You may want to include letters of support if approporiate.  All Capital projects will be expected to provide architect’s plans. 

 

9.        Grants are paid in arrears, so make sure you can cover cashflow

You will have to pay the invoices in relation to your project before you can claim the money back from us, so make sure you have a way of paying them in the first place.

10.    Your project sponsor is there to help you –

Rima.berry@ydmt.org or 015242 51002