Cats and dogs live in luxury down
on the farm
Close to Looe is the village of Pelynt where Alan Pendray
farms 110 acres at Tregarrick Mill Farm. Mr Pendray realised
that the farm business alone would not generate sufficient
income and decided that he had to diversify from farming to
survive. After undertaking a survey in the locality to assess
the demand he concluded that there was a large gap in the
market for boarding kennels and a cattery.
Up and running since August this year, Pelynt Boarding Kennels
and Cattery can house up to 148 dogs and 70 cats in purpose
built buildings. The dogs have large outdoor enclosed pens
in which they are exercised and the kennel buildings are light
and spacious. The cats are housed in a completely secluded
area away from the dogs in a wooden U shaped building with
individual pens and runs.
"Even though we only opened in August the boarding kennels
have been full nearly every day," said Alan Pendray. "I
am delighted with the custom we have had."
He stressed that the project could not have gone ahead without
the help of the Rural Diversification Capital Grant Initiative
which is managed by Business Link Devon and Cornwall and provided
a 50% investment.
Marilyn Pryor, Business Link's Contract Manager for the Rural
Diversification Capital Grant Initiative (RDCGI) said: "The
Curry Report recognised that farms had to target efficiency,
add value and diversify in order to remain competitive in
the current and future market and Mr Pendray is certainly
on the way to doing that."
Pelynt Boarding Kennels and Cattery can be reached on 01503
For further information on the Rural Diversification Capital
Grant Initiative, contact Business Link on 0845 600 9966.
While the RDCGI is managed by Business Link for Devon and
Cornwall, the Objective One investment comes from the European
Agriculture Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF) and the Department
for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
For more information on other agricultural programmes run
by Business Link Devon and Cornwall contact 0845 600 9966.
Guidance and Guarantee Fund (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
||Ensures 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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