Farm’s £5.5m revamp plans

Robert Nicholson with animals at Cannon Hall Farm
Robert Nicholson with animals at Cannon Hall Farm
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CANNON Hall Farm is bidding for Government money to help fund a £5.5 million expansion project.

Representatives from the South Yorkshire tourist attraction have been invited to Whitehall by Deputy Prime Minister and Sheffield Hallam MP Nick Clegg to discuss their application for funding.

The farm, near Barnsley, hopes to rebuild much of its site and create indoor play area and education facilities in the first phase of a £5.5 million project that will double the existing workforce of 150.

An application is being made to the Government’s Regional Growth Fund.

Cannon Hall Farm director Robert Nicholson said: “It was a great opportunity to meet the Deputy Prime Minister and explain in person to him just what a difference funding would make to our project.

“He is acutely aware that our area has been hard hit by the loss of public sector jobs and he has promised to take a personal interest in the project.”

Cannon Hall Farm has already started work on the new buildings but will be unable to complete the project without help from the fund.

Mr Nicholson added: “As things stand we can carry on building for just a few more weeks unless a positive decision is made. It is such a shame to stop because we know what a great impact this will have on our business.”

The farm is currently gearing up for the award-winning annual Pumpkin Festival that runs from tomorrow until Sunday, November 4.

Every visitor will be given a pumpkin to design their own lantern.

Last year, festival helped the farm take the Best Tourism Experience award at the White Rose Awards.