Objective One helps secure a farming
future for a fourth generation farmer
Objective One is helping a farming family in St Blazey secure
a future for their business with investment in a £207,184
project to convert old farm buildings into self-catering holiday
The conversion of three traditional Cornish stone barns into
five individual self-catering units will provide a valuable
non-agricultural income for the family. This will enable the
Carne's son James to follow in the footsteps of three generations
of Carnes before him, who lived off an income generated by
Cornhill Farm and its 53 hectares of land.
Faced with the economic downturn in agriculture, Mr and Mrs
Carne found it increasingly difficult to keep the farm running
as a viable business and sought ways to supplement the farm's
income. The creation of an informal farm shop selling the
farm's home produced winter vegetables and potatoes has helped
to support the farm in recent years and will soon be expanding
its range by selling other quality local produce. However
the family has sought a more productive use of their farm's
assets to support the long-term future of the business.
The three barns currently under conversion were no longer
suited to modern farming practices and presented an opportunity
for the family to diversify into farm tourism. Located half
a mile from the Eden Project, with easy access to footpaths
and cycle paths, the Carne's hope that their picturesque location
and family-friendly facilities will soon be securing bookings.
James Carne has recently completed his studies at St Austell
College and has already started to utilise his skills and
training by marketing the cottages and the development of
a web site. The diversification of the farm means that he
can now be employed by the family business and one day will
be able to take over the business as a viable concern.
Cornhill Farm is traditionally managed and the holiday cottage's
guests will be offered farm tours so they can gain an understanding
of how a farm is managed and appreciate the importance of
using responsible and sustainable agricultural practices for
the benefit of the environment, livestock and consumers.
Speaking about the importance of the farm's diversification
into tourism, Kay Carne said: "Without the investment
from Objective One we would not have been able to attempt
this much-needed lifeline for our business. Cornhill Farm
has been owned and run by the Carne family for three generations,
but with the uncertain and increasingly difficult future facing
us it was vital for us to make the best use of our resources.
This will secure the future for the fourth and subsequent
generations of Carne's at Cornhill. With the investment from
Objective One we are now able to do this and are looking forward
to a busy time ahead on the farm."
Objective One Programme Director Carleen Kelemen said the project was an example of how Objective One money was
being used by an agricultural business to cultivate Cornwall's
distinctiveness. She said: "We are committed to investing in projects
like this that capitalise on the region's distinctive resources
in a sustainable way. The conversion of Cornhill Farm's barns
into holiday accommodation will enable the business to capitalise
on their resources and use their prime location, surrounding
countryside and farm environment to bring about a commercial
advantage in the market place. This project will help to secure
the future viability of the farm far into the future, whilst
providing tourist accommodation at an increasingly popular
Work has already started on converting the barns into holiday
cottages, which are expected to receive their first guests
The Objective One European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee
Fund has invested £41,437 towards the project, with
match funding from DEFRA and the remaining investment coming
from the private sector to make up the £207,184 package.
experience in south east Cornwall.
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 million 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
Help to keep communities thriving in rural areas.
Preserve and improve the environment, the landscape
and the rural heritage.
For further information contact:
Anthony or Kay Carne
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388
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