PHASE FOUR - BRINGING ROMNEY TWEED TO ROMNEY MARSH
However, as highlighted in the Financial Times article, funding and investment remain a top priority and, during the first half of 2015 a major effort was put into applying for a grant from the Marsh Million, a fund set up by Magnox, Kent County Council,, Shepway District Council and Ashford Borough Council to assist small businesses, voluntary and community groups, charities, social enterprises and education organisations in the Romney Marsh area to grow and diversify the local economy.
At the end of June, an award was made to Romney Tweed CIC for a Project Director who could pull all the strands together in this highly complex project and produce a business plan which would cover all the possible outcomes, including manufacture of value-added products on the Marsh itself. At around the same time, discussion began on a possible partnership with Rural PLC (Kent) an advocacy group which could assist in this process and also bring in outside investment. These discussions are still ongoing.
If the amazing support and kindness we have had from so many people over the last three years continues we have every hope that Romney Tweed will prosper all over the world, as the breed itself does. To quote an old saying “The sun never sets on the Romney sheep”!