Programme priorities and Inspiration

We are looking for projects applications that are bold and creative. As this is a new fund in the West of England there are no local examples of LEADER funded projects in our area yet so we have tried to define our local policies in more practical terms and to direct you to similar projects.


An expanding, future proofed food, farming and horticultural sector

Existing businesses and farms to future-proof and diversify their operations. Examples might include a full sustainable management programme or improvements such as reducing fuel and energy use on the farm, improving soil structure and fertility, changing practices to reduce impacts of flood and extreme drought conditions.
Cottage Farm, Cornwall

Glasshouse horticultural production linked to waste heat sources
Thanet Earth

Revitalise traditional forms of horticulture such as market gardens, soft fruit production and orchards
The Severn Project


Rural micro and small businesses making the most of the goods, services, diversity and traditional richness of the West of England’s rural landscape

Home and rural hub working project.
Wooler Work Hub

Rural business innovation.
The Grange Business Park, Hewish

Encouraging and supporting female entrepreneurs and supporting young people to be economically active in rural areas.
Inspirational rural women


A mature and successful tourism infrastructure based on the local distinctiveness

Working with large scale national green infrastructure schemes; cycle paths, walking trails, nature corridors and waterways to promote increased tourism footfall and create expansion opportunities for existing businesses/new business development on the routes.
Tarka Trail

Expanding existing tourism businesses and widening the tourism offer.
Brimpts Farm, Devon


Well connected, healthy, active and resilient rural communities, where people are able to mutually support each other and develop creative solutions

Retaining and developing new forms of ownership and delivery of vital village services.
Blackdown Healthy Living Centre

Adapting to the changing age profile of the population leading to a demand for increased care and domiciliary services.
Rural Action Yorkshire, Good Neighbours Scheme

Reducing social need, rural isolation and disadvantage, childcare issues and long term unemployment.
Wiltshire Wheels to Work


A diverse and vibrant range of culture and heritage resources based on people, communities, traditions, properties and landscapes

Support for traditional rural craft development on historic sites.
Gower Heritage Centre

Linking tourism and investment in cultural and heritage resources.
Kilfinan Community Forest, Argyll, Scotland


An innovative and sustainable forestry (and woodland) sector in the West of England

Exploit opportunities that exist for utilising the many un-economic small and unproductive units of managed woodland.
Dartmoor Woodfuel Co-operative

Improve supply infrastructure of wood products, logs and woodchip to urban markets.
Forest of Avon Products


Maximising the benefit from the close linkages between the cities and the rural areas

Exploiting the full economic potential of the local urban market (the city region and beyond) as a foundation for further economic activity and bringing together partners and brokering alliances.
Somerset Local Food Direct


A thriving social enterprise sector underpinning the rural economy

Social enterprise projects to stimulate business, resource management innovation and social support services.
The Community Farm, Chew Magna

A Community Shop, set up and run by residents of a village.
The shop provides a range of foods and other household products, sourced from nearby farms or local producers.
Almondsbury Community Shop

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