Farm receives grant for composting toilet

A family run farm at Oxcroft has received a welcome cash boost to help it continue providing workshops in floristry and rural craft.

We have granted Half Acre Farm (opens in a new window), located near Bolsover, £2,241.77 to provide a composting toilet for customers who visit their premises for the workshops.

The Farm stage on-site workshops/events per year accommodating ten plus participants at a time, to help supplement their income from the sale of cut flower bouquets and buckets to the public.

But at present the Farm does not have a public toilet, which restricts their ability to offer more workshops on site. A recent survey undertaken by the owner Sarah Bryan showed 70% of people thought a toilet on site was very important.

The composting toilet requires no waste, electricity or drainage required and they are environmentally friendly as no chemicals are used and it produces no pollution.

Cabinet Member for Growth, Councillor John Ritchie said, “Sarah and Tom from Half Acre Farm have put their heart and soul into developing their business and I am delighted we have been able to help them with this grant.

“They have a very strong ethos of being green and sustainable in their work and this money will continue that work. The workshops are very popular, so the provision of this toilet will help them expand and hopefully secure their future and act as a catalyst for further expansion.”

The cash has been awarded through our Rural Fund which is funded through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and is specifically aimed at supporting new and existing rural businesses to develop their products, services and facilities to help improve productivity and strengthen the rural economy and rural communities.

Notes to Editors: The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills. For more information, visit GOV.UK (opens in a new window).


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