The Bath Soft Cheese Company is to create a dedicated picnic field and refurbish a shepherd’s hut to offer takeaway refreshments thanks to a growth grant.
The money, from the West of England Combined Authority, will help the business expand its offering to walkers and cyclists exploring the riverside footpath which borders Park Farm at Kelston.
When the pandemic struck, Hugh Padfield, founder of the award-winning organic cheesemakers, decided the farm should be opened up to more people wanting to enjoy the great outdoors.
Metro Mayor Dan Norris, who leads the Combined Authority, was recently invited to find out more about the business and learn the art of cheese making.
He said: “The Bath Soft Cheese Company is a fantastic example of a growing local food business with high environmental standards.
“Their produce is exceptional so it is no wonder they’ve won so many awards. I commend them for their exciting plans to expand the business.”
Hugh Padfield added: “We have lots of hungry walkers and cyclists pass the farm and the funding we’ve received will help us meet demand for our produce and enable people to enjoy our beautiful surroundings.
“The whole business is built on the organic milk produced by our fantastic herd of mainly Holstein Friesian cows and our customers value our ethos of producing milk and cheese in a way that protects the natural world.”
The Bath Soft Cheese Company makes cheese by hand, using organic milk from the farm’s own cows.