LORD Taylor of Holbeach is on home ground today making ministerial visits to rural businesses including Spalding’s Lansen Nursery and Lincolnshire Field Products.
He will also be in the north of the county – at Hemswell – to open the world’s largest plastic reprocessing plant in a £15million venture involving Coca-Cola, WRAP and ECO Plastics.
This is the first of a series of rural roadshows on which all Defra ministers will go this summer to listen to the concerns of rural communities and businesses.
Lord Taylor will also look at how Lincolnshire businesses have transformed their prospects with funding from Defra’s Rural Development Programme for England.
Lansen Nursery has just been approved a £25,000 grant to fund pipes and water collection equipment that will reduce reliance on mains water for irrigation of plants. He will also visit Fold Hill Foods at Boston, which received a £500,000 Defra grant.
Lord Taylor said: “I’m looking forward to visiting businesses in Lincolnshire today so that I can understand better the opportunities and challenges around running a business in a rural area.
“I’ll take their insights back to Government to ensure that all policies meet the needs of rural communities and businesses.”
Mark Tinsley, who chairs the Lincolnshire Forum for Agriculture and Horticulture, said: “We welcome Lord Taylor’s visit. He is well aware of the pressures on the food packing and processing businesses in south Lincolnshire.”