Claythorpe Watermill and Wildfowl Gardens has undergone a major revamp thanks to a £16,112 grant from East Lindsey District Council
The grant, which is from the Council’s Rural Development Fund, has given a huge boost to the watermill and gardens in Aby near Louth as it continues its major transformation.
New owners Mike and Rebecca Agate, took over the Watermill and Gardens in June 2013 and wanted to make a series of changes that improved the quality of the attraction and the experience for visitors.
The grant from the district council has enabled the business to grow in popularity since its relaunch, with a newly landscaped courtyard and centrepiece, new enclosures for pheasants and refurbished customer toilets, with all work being carried out by local businesses.
The watermill dates back to 1720 and the attraction first opened in 1986.
In addition to the improvements to the grounds and toilets, Mike and Rebecca used the grant to help fund a leaflet drop to 40,000 addresses in Lincolnshire.
As a result, the watermill and gardens have seen a major increase in visitor numbers, currently up by 60 per cent on the previous year.
Owner Mike said: “The Rural Development Fund has helped us to make much needed improvements to the business which we hope will have a real impact on the local tourism economy, vital in the area.
“Without the contribution from the Rural Development Fund, the works would have taken much longer to achieve.
“We now have a popular and thriving business that we have exciting plans for in the years ahead.”
Leader of the district council Coun Craig Leyland said: “The Rural Development Fund is about supporting businesses to grow and prosper to boost the economy of East Lindsey.
“Claythorpe Watermill is an example of a business with a clear plan for the future and an ambition to continually improve and I wish both Mike and Rebecca well in the years ahead.”
Since its launch in 2012, the Rural Development Fund has awarded £800,000 to 28 local businesses, creating 43 full time jobs, 12 part time jobs, and six apprenticeships.