THE owners of Sharnfold Farm at Stone Cross have been praised by Pevensey MP Huw Merriman for new expansion at their Battle site.
Kent Entertainment Limited has invested heavily at Sharnfold Farm, including a complete revamp of the cafe with a large new patio area outside.
And only last week plans were approved by Wealden District Council for a new business centre on the site.
Now Pevensey MP Huw Merriman has visited Wylands Farm at Powdermill Lane, Battle, part of the same company which owns Sharnfold Farm.
He applauded the work to regenerate the site through the creative use and conversion of redundant farm buildings to a variety of new uses, all aimed at supporting local businesses and creating jobs.
- A well-stocked farm shop full of local produce which opened in October.
- An attractive new visitor centre, creative arts hub and lakeside cafe -due to open later this month
- New flexible business units for local small business ventures.
- New self-catering holiday lodges and rooms which will be available this summer.
Mr Merriman said he was very impressed by what he saw: “I am always keen to support new and growing businesses in the rural areas – sustainable and sympathetic rural business growth provides job opportunities for local people.
“I was therefore pleased to visit Wylands Farm and Angling Centre where the owners of the farm are creating jobs in their angling centre and farm alongside creating much-needed business space for local rural enterprise.”
Boss Ray Grant said it was a pleasure to welcome, Mr Merriman to Wylands Farm.
He said: “We appreciate that it’s been difficult for many people during Lockdown : particularly in the rural areas. We are working exceptionally hard to make Wylands Farm an attractive place to visit and relax, whilst providing a range of new jobs on the site and supporting the local creative industries within Battle and the surrounding towns and villages.
“The Farm Shop has been open for few months now and is proving very popular with visitors and the local community. The shop serves the highest quality products and we are proud to use local suppliers, whenever we can.
“The visitor centre and café, being created within the refurbished Dutch Barn, are progressing well. We are looking forward to opening it at the end of this month. We hope it will be a very special place for people to visit and enjoy the attractive surroundings.”
On the business and rural diversification side of things, Mr Grant emphasised the importance of providing new flexible business spaces to support the local creative industries and start-up businesses. This particularly important in rural locations as we emerge from the constraints of the pandemic.
To this end Mr Grant advised that “….we have created some high-quality, flexible business accommodation for local businesses, young and old – I am pleased to say that there has been a lot of interest from small businesses.”
Further details are available at wylands.co.uk