Evegate Farm was purchased in 1980 by the Jeanes family. An arable farm with picturesque outbuildings including Oast houses, the land had attractive features including the Old Pond and Park Wood. When it was discovered that a natural spring was supplying the Old Pond, it was immediately expanded to become an ideal habitat for Coy Carp.
Simultaneously the farm buildings were converted to create a farm shop selling locally sourced fruit and vegetables, and dairy products which were supplied by relatives from the West Country. One of the first examples of diversification in the UK, Evegate’s instant success resulted in the addition of a coffee shop aptly named ‘The King Fisher’ after one was spotted nesting on the Old Pond, and the business park continued to develop using the original outbuildings.
In 1989 the lower Evegate lakes were formed to relieve the pressure of the flood plain – situated mainly beyond the railway line – that was established in Ashford. The natural supply of fresh water to Evegate lakes became a natural habitat for various wildlife that continues to flourish today.
The following year Park Barn was created. A converted barn relocated from the old tannery in Ashford, currently Woolgrowers, Park Barn was carefully restored and built on site in keeping with Evegate’s rural style.
Several craft based businesses were soon established including a potters and silversmiths. Evegate’s country walks were expanded to encourage the business park to be a place to visit, and the Evegate Nature Trail is enjoyed by many visitors who explore Evegate’s lakes and wood.
Today, Evegate is a successful rural business park appreciated by businesses and guests alike. There are in excess of 45 thriving businesses with new buildings being built to meet demand. And conscious of the environment and energy efficiency, Evegate’s boasts its own solar panels suppling 30% of the electricity to the site and provides onsite recycling collection for all tenants.
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