Growing opportunities through rehabilitation in West Cornwall

An innovative Cornish business that uses horticultural training to help people recovering from illness, disability or other disadvantage has gained Objective One funding to help it expand.

The three-year Growing Opportunities project has been set up by New Season Ltd at Green Lane, Redruth, and will benefit people from across Penwith, Kerrier and Carrick.

Susan Welham is the general manager of the company, which was founded in 1997 by professionals from the care, horticulture and education fields to provide training in a supported environment through horticulture.

She explained: “Clients are referred from social services, the probation service, health care trusts and the employment service. The company’s aim is to offer a co-ordinated package of support and training to match the needs of individuals in the County who find the world of work very difficult.

“The nursery acts as a gateway to help make people more employable – as well as increasing an individual’s personal independence, confidence and self-esteem. The nursery is also accredited to offer in-house opportunities for training towards the National Vocational Qualification in Commercial Horticulture.”

The funding from Objective One will help New Season greatly expand their training programme and their organic growing.

The Growing Opportunities project will cost just under £230,000 with grants of £57,232 coming from the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF) and the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA).


Editors notes:

European Agricultural 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 further information please contact:
    Susan Welham
    Growing Opportunities
    Tel: 01209 313245


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