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Forty Hall Community Vineyard

Forty Hall Vineyard

Forty Hall Community Vineyard Secures £132,000 Lottery Funding!

London’s first ever commercial scale community vineyard, based in Enfield, is celebrating successfully securing a £132,000 lottery grant from the Local Food Programme, with help from Enterprise Enfield.

Forty Hall Community Vineyard is a self-sustaining social enterprise that will provide educational, social and mental health benefits to local people, as well as a range of horticultural volunteering opportunities. The Lottery money will pay for a part-time project manager and for the establishment of 6 -7 more acres of vines - two acres are already planted and Capel Manor College, which owns the land, has offered up to a total of 15 acres for future development.

Vineyard Manager, Sarah Vaughan-Roberts, first approached Enterprise Enfield a couple of years ago and joined the agency’s Access to Finance Programme* which enabled her to receive free help putting together a business plan and financials to support the lottery bid application. Sarah’s appointed Business Adviser, Liz Gjoni, worked with her to complete financial forecasts to demonstrate the viability of the business. Sarah said:

“The Local Food funding marks a key turning point for Forty Hall Community Vineyard, enabling us to employ a project manager, extend our services to the local community and, to plant enough vines next year for the project to become financially self-sustaining in the future. It is a hugely exciting milestone in our development.. 

“I want to say a special thank you to our Business Adviser at Enfield Enterprise for all the expert advice and encouragement she gave us in the early days of the project. We would never have succeeded without her help and endless patience.

For more information about Forty Hall Community Vineyard visit www.fortyhallvineyard.org.uk