In September ’19 Leeds City Council awarded the Trust the Lease on the 16 acre Burley Mills Farm, due to be signed in June ’20 with preparatory work going on before.
The farm is off Kirkstall Road – LS4 2DD, 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 has 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. Contact [email protected], if you are interested in a plot.
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
CORONAVIRUS HAS MEANT VERY LIMITED ACTIVITY ON THE FARM. Only two ‘buddy’ volunteers are going on at any one time. If you are particularly keen to be involved please email Jenny Lawrence – [email protected]
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