Cornish Horticulture Enterprises launches website

Cornish Horticulture Enterprises (CHE), the Objective One funded grant scheme for horticulture, has this week launched its web site, www.chenet.org.uk. This dynamic site has been especially created to enable businesses to learn more about the Objective One grant scheme and provide information on pioneering developments within the Cornish Horticultural Industry.

Roger Whilding, Project Facilitator at CHE said: "We are delighted to have this opportunity to further promote the scheme and indeed the industry. A whole range of horticultural businesses and individuals will benefit, because as well as providing detail on grants, the site presents useful information about the industry. There are direct links to marketing organisations, producers, Cornish gardens and nurseries. The site will be tremendous boost to the sector."

Many horticultural businesses such as Growers, Packers and Marketing companies within the Objective One area of Cornwall have already taken the opportunity to either create a new business or maximise their existing enterprise through CHE. Following its launch in January 2002, CHE has approved over 71 projects of which total expenditure by horticultural businesses will exceed 3.5 million. Steve Tones, Project Manager commented: "A range of projects from 1,200 to 150,000 of expenditure are approved on a regular basis and in terms of grants approved we are already well ahead of target for this year."

Businesses that are interested in the scheme can visit the website to receive regular updates, information on the grant process and eligibility, view case studies of successful projects, and express an interest online. Other features of the site include up to date information on the well-established Cornish King brand such as recipe ideas, details of Cornish gardens and nurseries. Users can also link to other websites of interest and value.

CHE is funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Objective One European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF).


Editors notes:

European Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF)

EAGGF is one of the four funds that make up the Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, which is making 314 available to support the local economy between 2000 and 2006.

EAGGF aims to:

Help preserve the link between diversified farming and the land
Improve and support the competitiveness of agriculture as a key activity in rural areas
Ensure the diversification of the economy in rural areas
Help to keep thriving communities in rural areas
Preserve and improve the environment, the landscape and the rural heritage

For more information contact:

Gillian Clark
Cornish Horticulture Enterprises
Tel: 01626 890405


Jason Clark
Communications Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel:01872 241379
Fax:01872 241388