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Rainwater to feed crops for Stroud families

by Atlanta Business Journal

STROUD Community Agriculture has been awarded a grant to fund the installation of rainwater harvesting

STROUD Community Agriculture has been awarded a grant to fund the installation of rainwater harvesting at its Hawkwood College site.

SCA provides organic produce to nearly 300 local families on a weekly basis from it’s community-based farm, which is intended to connect its members to the place and the people where their produce is grown.

The Farm employs four people year round and was one of the first community supported agriculture schemes in the UK.

This project is part of a wider renewal of SCA and will include replacing the barn roof, installing large tanks to collect rain water and pump the water to the crops.

The project -which has received a grant from by the Severn Trent Community Fund – will use harvested rainwater to irrigate polytunnels and improve the quantity and quality of the organic crops produced for the community.

Adam Biscoe, a volunteer director at SCA, said :“We’re delighted that the Severn Trent Community Fund has recognised the work of SCA – we’ll now be able to press on with this project (which is also being supported by the Farming in Protected Landscapes government fund).

“We hope to be able to start using harvested rainwater well ahead of the summer.”

Jade Gough, fund officer from Severn Trent’s Community Fund, said: “We are really pleased to be able to support Stroud Community Agriculture through the awarding of this grant.

“The SCA’s use of rainwater harvesting in their proposal really caught the eye of our awarding panel, and we are very much looking forward to seeing the delivery of their final project.

“The Community Fund is open to any non-profit or charitable organisation in our area that is looking for funding to support new projects that will help improve community wellbeing, and we would urge any group who’d like to find out more to get in touch.”

For more information on the Severn Trent Community Fund and for details on how to apply visit stwater.co.uk and search for Community Fund.

Read more about the rainwater project at stroudcommunityagriculture.org/projects

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