Remote Cornish farm is a environmental
A farm in West Cornwall is being highlighted by Defra as
a good example of the sustainable policies the department
is promoting nationally.
Bob and Liz Scambler, of Bosigran Farm, near Pendeen run
an organic farm and a business that sells and encourages the
use of biodegradable and washable nappies. The business is
run from architecturally important 200-year-old barns which
have just been restored with a grant from Defra.
The 156 acre farm is managed under agreement with the West
Penwith Environmentally Sensitive Area Scheme and the Scamblers,
who are National Trust tenants, were one of the first farms
to go organic in Cornwall. The farm is grazed with traditional
breeds of cattle and sheep including a stretch of coast designated
as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Liz Scambler became involved with environmentally-friendly
nappies when her own children were young. She now runs a business,
called Lollipop, from the farm.
Liz said: "It takes about 500 years for a disposable
nappy to decompose in the ground and in the UK alone 63 million
disposables are discarded each week which is an unsustainable
"We want to educate the public about the benefits of
using biodegradable nappies instead and we already supply
a large number of local authorities who give them free to
Liz and her team of 12 workers design specifications and
colourful patterns for the nappies and place orders with manufacturers.
They then sell and distribute the nappies across the UK through
a network of agents, mostly mothers who have used the products
This work takes place using the latest computer equipment
in 200-year-old stone barns built of local stone and slate.
The project was led and designed by the National Trust building
department who invested £40,000. With Defra providing
a grant of £17,000 and the Objective One Rural Development
Grant Initiative of £49,000, also part funded by the
department, this enabled the work to bring new life to an
historically important building which was previously left
derelict and in a poor state of repair.
The work was carried out using traditional methods and materials
and many of the original features of the barn have been restored.
Liz said: "We now have a thriving business on the site
and we are also looking to manufacture some of the nappies
locally which will create new jobs and cut down on the financial
and environmental costs of transport."
Peter Bowden, Defra Rural Development Service senior adviser,
said: "Bosigran Farm is a superb example of many of the
things Defra is trying to achieve through our environmental
"We are trying to promote sustainable farming through
organic production and we are also encouraging farmers to
diversify, especially into environmentally friendly businesses.
In Environmentally Sensitive Areas like West Penwith we are
also trying to save the historic landscape including buildings,
for future generations while still providing a viable, working
economy for local people."
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