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Providing grants from funds generated by the
Landfill Communities Fund for the benefit of Gloucestershire

Major improvements boost to St James City Farm & Riding School

Press Releases - 18/05/2018

St James City Farm & Riding School

St James City Farm & Riding School has received a grant of £10,000 from the Gloucestershire Environmental Trust towards improvements and much needed repairs at the popular venue, tucked away in inner-city Gloucester's Tredworth area.

The money has been spent on urgent repairs to the roof, creating a space to park the trailer and putting up floodlighting around the riding arena.

Coordinator of the charity, Imran Atcha said: "We were delighted to have received the grant from the Gloucestershire Environmental Trust.

"This grant has enabled us to make essential improvements for years to come, and will benefit the many visitors who visit us daily from far and wide, including the primary schools and work experience students from secondary school and college. We can also continue with riding lessons in the evenings during winter, instead of having to stop at 4pm as it gets too dark."

"Thanks to The Gloucestershire Environmental Trust and Enovert, we have made these long-anticipated improvements a reality."

St James City Farm & Riding School was originally established 20 years ago by Gloucester City Council and was scheduled for closure, but 'The Friendship Café' charity took over running it seven years ago and has constantly been making improvements, thanks to the help of many volunteers, local businesses and support from funders such as Hartpury College, The Police Crime Commissioner and Gloucestershire Environmental Trust.

The farm has cows, horses, sheep, pigs, goats and a poultry collection and is free to visit.

Over the last 12 months, close to £1.5 million has been awarded to community projects in Gloucestershire by the Gloucestershire Environmental Trust.