'Green' training gives Cornish business
Daniel Collins, from Pensilva, near Liskeard, has used an
Objective One training bursary provided by the South West
Agricultural and Rural Development (SWARD) Project to widen
the services offered by his landscape management business.
Until now, his trade in helping clients to manage their woodland
habitats sustainably has been restricted to the winter months
when the leaves are off the trees. To strengthen his business
base he had to find a compatible service that could be offered
throughout the year.
Daniel undertook training in biological surveying with the
Field Studies Council in conjunction with Otley College in
Suffolk. The total cost of more than £600 (including
residential and travel costs) was covered by the bursary that
he accessed as a member of a woodsmen's discussion group
which is also supported by the project.
SWARD, which invests in collaboration and training for small
businesses in the land-based sector, is managed by the Business
Link service for Devon and Cornwall. The project in Cornwall
is financed by Objective One (via the European Agricultural
Guidance and Guarantee Fund and the Department of Environment,
Food and Rural Affairs), the Learning and Skills Council and
Cornwall County Council.
Said Daniel: "My new skills enable me to monitor flora
and fauna found in parcels of land, and to develop management
strategies to promote the needs of these species.
"This additional expertise also enables me to undertake
biological surveys for riverbanks and hay meadows as well
Business Link director of operations Fred Elliott commented:
"This is an excellent example of how training can improve
the prospects for a local business by extending skills and
so providing new services. It shows that businesses are seizing
the opportunities offered through Objective One to make a
"Daniel is combining sustainability with new business
opportunities in what is a growth area."
Biological surveying is key to the environmental priorities
of English Nature and the Environment Agency. Daniel is now
qualified to provide surveys for these organisations as well
as for landowners throughout the South West - while his clients
gain a better understanding of the wildlife and habitats on
For further press information please contact Rebecca Bye
on 0845 600 9966 or Ian Gent on 0845 600 9966 or 07771 631518.
The Business Link service for Devon and Cornwall is a government-funded
service designed to provide the best possible help to people
starting, running or growing a business. At its core is an
information and enquiry centre, supported by a network of
local and national specialists and support organisations.
Business Link receives European investment to enable it to
deliver its services in Devon and Cornwall. For more information
contact 0845 600 9966.
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 £314m 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 thriving communities in rural areas.
||Preserve and improve the environment, the landscape
and the rural heritage.
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388
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