Wolston Allotments statement.

Over the last few days there has been a lot of discussion about Five Acre Community Farm and if we have an interest in Wolston Allotments. The confusion on where we stand has been compounded by the main person who had been discussing this being on holiday so now we are all available we would like to make a public statement so everyone knows our position.

Five Acre Community Farm has been running for 8 years at Ryton Organic Garden supplying veg to local people and building a community around the farm. We run as a non-profit CSA (Community Supported Agriculture scheme  https://communitysupportedagriculture.org.uk/).

We are very happy at Ryton Gardens and have no plans to leave there, however, we are currently using all the land to which we have access and would like to be able to expand either by helping a new farm start or acquiring more land ourselves.

First and foremost we want to work with the community so everything below is dependant on the local community generally supporting our aims.

If some or all of land the allotments are on was available for sale (which it currently isn’t) AND it was selling for a reasonable price for agricultural or horticultural land (ie land for growing things rather than building on) then we would be interested in buying it and we would do this by raising money via a community share scheme. However, the land is not currently for sale and we have no indication it will be.

We would be similarly interested in any other local land which fit our criteria. We are reasonably confident we could raise the money to buy agricultural value land by share offer as long as we have the time to do so.

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