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Hammonds Farm Community Buy-Out Goes Ahead!


Dear Supporters and Friends

The Biodynamic Land Trust has just agreed with the Burcombe family the sale of Lot 3 of Hammonds Farm for £370,000 to us. The farm land lies between Hawkwood College, on Old Painswick Road, and Stroud. Completion is planned for the end of September. So, many thanks everyone for making this possible, and within 2 months since 5th June when we launched the appeal.

 
An amazing 210 people have generously invested in community shares and/or donated to help buy the farmland. Even though £80,000 worth of pledges are still to come in, and there is still a £25,000 overall shortfall, the Biodynamic Land Trust will go ahead with the purchase, confident that the rest will come in by the end of August. (So please keep reminding people to invest!)
Even though this seems a bit of a cliff hanger, this is Stroud - a community that invests in itself for the common good and for enterprise. It is also the national biodynamic community investing in what could become not just a community farm, but also a base for biodynamic organisations.

Local people want to protect farm land for a living, working countryside, to create jobs, preserve wild life, grow good food and for a beautiful landscape. And the Biodynamic Land Trust is a charitable co-op that mutualises and entrusts land for community benefit, so that people can reconnect with farming.
We would like to invite you to connect with this land ....
Here are various ways and events to note that you might be interested in. Please be aware that the land has not yet been bought and current owners to be respected

We will be looking for volunteers to help survey wildlife, winds, warm and cold aspects and plant varieties prior to the land use planning; do contact us if you are interested or keep an eye on the website for survey forms. This is not necessarily an onerous activity and can be done while children play or while walking the dog but will not commence until the land is bought.

Events

We have invited Dr Isis Brook, MA in Agroecology course leader, to carry out a participative 'understanding the Hammonds Farm Land' workshop on Sunday October 4th, from 9.30 am to 4.30pm, and you are all welcome. There will be a small charge of £15 for the day (£5 concessions). Please check the website for more details when posted by the end of August! Booking required.
 
We have asked Marina O’Connell to run a Hammonds Farm Land Use design workshop in the autumn/winter. She is an agronomist, lecturer and facilitator with a rich toolbox drawing on permaculture, agroforesty and Biodynamics. This workshop will be for a cluster of compatible of potential users and stakeholders.

We have booked The SPACE, Lansdown Hall, Stroud, from 6pm on Sunday 11th October, for a bring and share celebration supper,  a brief talk on the history of the farm and land, some music, then a Candlelight Cinema to include the new BD short film and Mooh Man.

For more events see our website.
Involvement
Anyone with an agricultural project they might wish to base here should send an expression of interest to the BDLT outlining thier potential project and business idea by 3rd September at latest.

As part of the surveys we will be seeking to know what local people see as the most important agricultural and community use for this land and what products people would hope to be able to buy.

Obviously there are already many expressed uses and interested parties but local feedback is important so please use the survey forms when they are issued.

Other events - Anyone who would like to organise or help organise a singing on the land or a picnic celebration (after the sale has gone through) do please contact us with your enthusiasm, ideas and offers.

If you have any stories about this land, any pictures of your ancester working it, any knowledge of its history or past do contact Martin as we are collating what we can find to create a picture of its activity over the centuries.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Lastly, please keep reminding your friends and family to invest!
T
his is a great project to invest in and to be part of!

The gap we need to raise is still £25,000, and there are also a number pledges still to come in. Please do send them in.

For anyone who would like to raise the level of their shares or gifts please send in another form and the money. The more we can cover the cost of buying the land the better will be our position for raising grants and help with infrastructure - water, animal shelter etc.

Many thanks for all your support and enthusiasm, without the local and the wider biodynamic and sustanibale farming community we would not be able to proceed with buying this land.

Thank you
Martin Large, Gabriel Kaye and all the team
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