What is Stirley Community Farm?
Stirley Community Farm is a project run by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust in Huddersfield, using Kirklees Council land that has been leased to the Trust on a very long Farm Business Tennancy.
When the farm became derelict, Kirklees Council approached the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust about the site and nature conservation. Community organisations and activists in Newsome were keen to support a project that would give local people the opportunity to make more use of the land.
The Trust are now renovating the derelict farm buildings with the help of local volunteers, improving the site for wildlife and developing food growing areas, activities and training projects. It’s an ambitious project in its third year, which has brought around £1million of funding into the area.
What does the farm do?
The farm supports voluntary organisations in Kirklees by sharing skills and knowledge and is also supported by those organisations (for example, groups have donated plants, trees and time to the project).
Some of the many things the project offers are:
- volunteering opportunities job skills and training courses free conservation
- food growing and farming events
- informal learning for residents, community groups and schools
- activities to improve people’s health and wellbeing
- sharing knowledge about wildlife and sustainable farming
- demonstrating building and traditional construction techniques
- a machinery ring so other organisations can work together to create blooming meadows.
Stirley helps everyone to make more of what they can offer – and gets a huge amount of value from a previously disused asset.
To find out more: Stirley Farm