Fordhall Farm: How You Can Help Save A Traditional Organic Farm From Commercial Developers.
In an update to Warren's article a few months back about Charlotte and Ben Hollins' campaign to save Fordhall Farm, we're glad to say that they have raised £205,000 to date and have 1402 shareholders from across the country. However this is a long way from £800 000, the sum they need to save the tenancy of their inherited farm from been taken over by developers. By July 1st they have to raise this money to buy the organic farm created by their father Arthur Hollins. Charlotte and Ben have been inspired to save Fordhall Farm by their family's dedication to farming this land in Shropshire since the 1700s and their father's commitment to organic and sustainable farming since the 1930s. The fight for Fordhall Farm has captured the attention of the British Press and our favourite British Green Blog City Hippy. In a recent article in The Telegraph newspaper Charlotte explains: "Thanks to Dad, these fields haven't had any chemicals on them for over 65 years." The young Hollinses want to be able to continue to run the farm along organic lines, but also to build an education resource room to pass on their discoveries and enthusiasm to the next generation, a "bunkhouse" for schoolchildren and volunteers, an organic cafÃ© and a farm shop. With only 55 days to go till the deadline they are still battling against the clock to raise the full sum by selling non-profit shares in the farm for £50. By doing this they are creating a community co-operative project where all shareholders can be involved in the development of Fordhall Farm as a showcase and educational centre for sustainable farming. They are also holding various fundraising events in the run up to the July 1st deadline, including a Charity Ball on Saturday 13 May - tickets are £50 and a Family Fun day on Sunday 11 June. Tomorrow, 8th May, they have the Hardgraft Theatre company dropping into Fordhall Farm. You can visit their blog to keep up to date with the latest developments in the fight for Fordhall Farm. ::Fordhall Farm