Working with Horticultural Businesses..
Based where we are in the Worcestershire countryside, not far from the Vale of Evesham and operating across Herefordshire and Worcestershire which have such a rich history of food production, we find ourselves working more and more with horticultural businesses. We get involved with horticultural producers for a vast number of reasons; planning, grants and agreements.
From a planning point of view horticulture poses individual challenges, the caravans used to house seasonal staff, polytunnels to assist in the growing of the crops which can often be controversial in the countryside and essential infrastructure such as pack houses.
Agreements are something that are often an afterthought for farmers and their horticultural tenants. However they should be considered from the beginning of a relationship to ensure that everyone is aware of their responsibilities and each party knows the position of BPS and stewardship requirements.
Much of the equipment and infrastructure required for horticulture can be expensive and specialist. Horticultural businesses often offer excellent opportunities to add value to produce and there are many grants available that could help with some of the financial burden. We have submitted a number of successful grant applications for such businesses.