The new zones will free up food and farming businesses, making it simpler and easier for them to grow, and will attract new businesses. Local communities will benefit from new jobs and the opportunity to develop local produce, boosting their economies.
In the South Downs, grants of up to £50,000 will help enable new dairy production on existing dairy farms by re-using redundant farm buildings and brownfield sites within the National Park. It will also allow for more farm shops to be set up allowing direct sale to consumers.
Trevor Beattie at the South Downs National Park Authority, said, “The South Downs’ working landscapes have been shaped by farmers and food production for thousands of years - for example our rare and endangered chalk grassland can only survive when it’s grazed by sheep or cattle. The Food Enterprise Zone will make it simpler for our dairy farmers to reuse farm buildings for production or to set up farm shops to sell their produce to a local market boosting their businesses, the local economy and national park as a whole.”