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Read how others are developing their rural areas.

Case Studies are showcased here to share ideas and practice. Please note they may not be eligible for funding under the current Rural Development Programme.


William McIlroy

Mr McIlroy wanted to make his beef cattle business operate more efficiently so he identified the parts of the land which were most difficult to farm and devoted them to growing native woodlands. He also wanted to enhance the environmental value of his holding and to create a legacy for the future...

Agri Food

Strawberries NI

Strawberries NI was a small group of 6 strawberry growers that applied to the Supply Chain Development Programme, a scheme under the NI Rural Development Programme 2007-2013.  They received facilitation and specialist mentoring to develop their group and enhance the understanding of their ma...


Farm Family Options Skills Training

Farm Family Options (FFO) Skills Training was funded under Axis 1, Measure 1.1 of the NI Rural Development Programme 2007 -2013. Running from February 2009 to March 201, it had a total available budget of £2.6 million.  Almost 13,000 farmers and farm family members benefited over the l...


Village Links

Village Links is an example of a co-operation project which was supported under the previous NI Rural Development Programme 2007-2013.  The Lead LAG in Northern Ireland was the North East Region LAG which partnered with Waterford LEADER Partnership.  The overall aim was to look at appro...

Business and Enterprise

NI LEADER Programme 2007 2013

The LEADER Programme of the 2007 - 2013 Rural Development Programme supported over 1800 projects from across rural Northern Ireland.  Funding supported farm diversification initiatives, business creation and expansion, service provision, tourism initiatives, heritage projects and renewa...