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Community farm seeks crowdfunding help for bunkhouse

January 2, 2019 by  
Filed under News & Business

A pioneering community shares scheme that saw a Shropshire farm saved from development has been reopened to raise cash to fund a unique build.

Charlotte and Ben Hollins, who run Fordhall Organic Farm in Market Drayton relaunched their community shares scheme to raise £15,000 to support the construction of a bunkhouse which will have the UK’s first pine-tar shingle roof, made from 20,000 shingles.

Following a fight to save it from development, Fordhall Farm was placed into community ownership in 2006 by Charlotte and Ben, thanks to the money raised from sale of £50 shares to over 8000 members of the public.

The community share scheme is now being re-launched through the Crowdfunder platform to help raise funds for the building – and they are appealing for as many people as possible to join in to become part-owners of the farm.

The lifelong shares entitle people to have a say in the running of the farm by giving a vote at the Annual General Meeting. “We want to develop the unique ability we have at Fordhall to engage the community with every aspect of the farm,” said Charlotte.

“We want to expand our care farm, which works with adults with learning disabilities, develop our youth project, support our volunteers, many of whom suffer from loneliness, and most importantly provide more opportunities for young people to experience life on the farm.”

The building will offer space for community initiatives such as a care farm and youth project. The care farm provides health, social and educational care services through supervised programmes of gardening and farming-related activities for vulnerable people.

For details, visit www.fordhallfarm.com.

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