The means to allow a struggling farm to diversity and grow its business was boosted by LEADER, when funding gave Robert Benford of Down Farm the opportunity to expand his green waste recycling business. The farm has installed a large recycling area, including equipment to separate green waste, chip and compost . It has also purchased a new drying plant for the woodchip, all fuelled by green waste brought to the farm by small businesses needing a place to dispose of it.
The farm has benefited hugely, adding to its income by taking in the waste and then selling it as compost and woodfuel (including woodchip). This has supported the core activities of the farm and enabled it to continue to thrive.