In September ’19 Leeds City Council awarded the Trust the Lease on the 16 acre Burley Mills Farm. The lease is due to be signed in autumn ’20.
The farm is off Kirkstall Road – LS4 2QD, accessed from the side of Ready Steady Store. It was privately farmed for many years until the leaseholder died in 2017.
Our business plan is for a community supported agriculture scheme that employs a worker and sells veg boxes to local residents and shops to cover costs. Around this business, probably as a second stage, we would like to develop social and educational projects and we are already working with Community Payback (Probation Service).
In the 12 weeks to Feb ’20 we crowdfunded £45,000 from over 300 supporters to get us going. Sadly, the coronavirus put back our plans, but our 135 members have formed growing, structures, events, wildlife and marketing groups that are ready to go. Please link in through our Facebook page.
At the same time we have revitalised the allotments on the site and the Association has gone from 6 plot holders to over 20 and a waiting list. Contact [email protected], if you are interested in a plot.
In February we are appointing a full time Grower and hope to be in veg box production by the summer. We are looking for ideas, members, volunteers and future box buyers. Please register for mailings and email [email protected] if you have any particular questions
If you are keen to be involved in volunteering, please email Jenny Lawrence – [email protected]
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