The BNED LEADER Approach is now open for business and invites projects to apply for funding

The BNED LEADER Local Action Group (LAG) has been awarded €1,713,000 of European Agricultural Fund For Rural Development (EAFRD) through the Rural Development Programme for England for the funding of rural projects in the local area. This represents a Sterling equivalent of approximately £1,370,000 (this figure may alter in line with Euro exchange rates).

Funding will still be available until such time as the UK exits the European Union.

Marsh Green Farm Shop and Store

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The Farm Shop on Opening Day

The brand new Marsh Green Farm Shop, store and café at Kelstedge was officially opened on Tuesday 12 June 2012 thanks in part to Leader funding.

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The farm before conversion began

Following the conversion of some of the old farm buildings at what was once Bungalow Farm, the shop is now open for the sale of local produce including meat, vegetables and other groceries. There is also a new delicatessen selling home produced pies, cheeses, cakes, wines and beers.

Also on site is a new rambler’s café with an outside patio area where walkers and shoppers can enjoy home cooked meals and snacks.

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Lord Manners opens the Farm Shop

The opening ceremony was performed by Lord Edward Manners of Haddon Hall.

The whole project has been part funded with £170,000 through the Bolsover North East Derbyshire (BNED) LEADER programme.

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Daren Atkinson, Cllr Ken Savidge, Lord Edward Manners and Cllr Graham Baxter MBE

Councillor Ken Savidge, Chair of BNED said "I am delighted that BNED LEADER has been involved in this project. Having seen what has happened to the old farm buildings is a remarkable transformation and will be a tremendous boost for the local economy and community.

For more information on the new Farm Shop and Store, visit the website