Act now for share of development cash

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FARMERS, foresters, land owners, and the wider rural community could soon benefit from a new round of funding through the Rural Development Programme for England.

“Rural areas contribute at least £211b a year directly to the English economy and a new trance of funding for 2015 from Defra recognises they have potential to achieve even more with help”, said Sarah Clegg from NWA Professional and Property in Lancaster.

The Rural Development Programme for England provides money for projects to improve agriculture, the environment and rural life. New money will become available from January 1, 2015.

Sarah added: “The key message is that farmers and rural businesses need to come forward now with expressions of interest in order to be ready next January with an application.”

Between 2007 and 2013 the north west received £374m from the fund.