Report this comment
  • "That's strange BWFC1 Because this is the address
    Wheatsheaf Hill Farm, Plantation Road, Edgworth, Bolton, Lancashire BL7 0BY ...clearly it is in Bolton. But does it really matter well done to them anyway."
  • This field is mandatory
  • This field is mandatory
  • Please note we will not accept reports with HTML tags or URLs in them.


  • Enter the above word in the box below

Bolton attraction wins "rural" Oscar

Bolton attraction wins "rural" Oscar

Bolton attraction wins "rural" Oscar

Bolton attraction wins "rural" Oscar

First published in News

A BOLTON attraction has won a “rural Oscar” — and will now go on to represent the North West in a regional competition.

The Wellbeing Farm in Edgworth has been named best start-up business in the 2013 Countryside Alliance Awards.

It will now represent the region at the UK and Northern Ireland finals at Parliament in Westminster on April 30.

Tracy Casstles, who judged the region, said: “This is an amazingly varied business, with a cookery school, restaurant and coffee shop and a conference and wedding centre, where they also offer lifestyle and wellbeing courses.

“But the secret weapon is Celia herself, who is a dynamo of a person who is passionate about her business and bringing employment opportunities to the area. The Wellbeing Farm is a brilliant example of how a hill farm that’s struggling to stay sustainable can be transformed into a thriving and innovative business.”

Wellbeing was up against three other farms — one in Hoghton, near Preston, and others in Kendal and Lancaster.

Ms Gaze, aged 43, and her 45-year-old partner Stephen Whitehead — who also runs the local butcher’s shop — have already received Gold Tourism status from the Green Business Scheme and the accolade of Best Use of Local Produce at the British Cooker School awards after only eight months of operating.

The couple have invested more than £500,000 into turning the farm into a venue for business events, such as away days, team-building and conferences in a stress-free environment.

They have also launched a concept of an Apprentice-style competition and bake-off days for companies.

Mr Whitehead had been running the 128-year-old farm before the couple came up with the idea of exploiting its stunning surroundings.

Ms Gaze said: “To be invited to the House of Lords to represent the North West is such an honour – considering we haven’t even been trading for 12 months as a business.

“I think it’s fantastic that a working farm is put forward for a ‘Rural Oscar’ as the North West Start Up representative. I believe The Wellbeing Farm’s model of focusing around sustainability and provenance of food is a winning combination and I look forward to the final in April.

The Awards are the Countryside Alliance’s annual celebration of rural produce, skills, enterprise and heritage through our small hard-working businesses.

They are now in their ninth year and have become the definitive rural business award to win.

Comments (5)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree