The Think Local development programme focuses on developing collaboration in short supply chain, by bringing together existing initiatives on farmers’ markets, farm retail, food tourism, regional food and drink networks and in developing added value for rural producers.
Projects & Practice
RDP support enabled a home-based business that sells quality vegetarian food products to increase its production capacity and reach out to an international market.
Reducing the cost of renovation works for households lacking essential energy services by bringing together local resources, including people’s skills and time. This is the winning initiative of the 2019 Rural Inspiration Awards in the 'Social Inclusion' category.
Turning an abandoned park area and its gardens into a community hub to create opportunities for social interaction, training and employment.
Using RDP support to turn a farm into a nature reserve; contributing to tackling biodiversity loss.
Switching from manual labour to mechanised work in order to make the business much more cost effective.
A LEADER measure grant helped purchase film and photography equipment and training for a rural arts festival community project.
A young female farmer used RDP support to develop a farm business that would provide her with sufficient income in order to become a full time farmer.
A bottom-up project that mobilised the inhabitants of a small town to create their own development plan.
A small community invested in creating a multifunctional sports field to stimulate growth and increase the attractiveness of the area.