Citizens in the south of Bristol will soon be able to visit a popular community farm again thanks to a partnership between two local community organisations.
The Hartcliffe City Farm will be taken forward with a new vision which has been formed by South Bristol organisations Windmill Hill City Farm and Heart of BS13, following an open invitation for expressions of interest late last year.
Windmill Hill City Farm, who run the successful and thriving city farm in Bedminster and Heart of BS13, who have been working in Hartcliffe on health and environment related projects for over 30 years, will form a new partnership and have committed to work with the local community to regenerate the site.
The site will keep its roots as a farm, remain free to the public and host many activities for the local community to get involved in. It will also be an important driver of the local economy; providing jobs, training and enterprise opportunities.
Steve Sayers, Chief Executive at Windmill Hill City Farm, said: “We are delighted to partner with Heart of BS13 and look forward to helping bring the site back to life.
“There is a long way to go and a lot of work to be done before Hartcliffe City Farm can re-open to the public.
“We are confident that with the support of the local community, we will be able to make Hartcliffe City Farm a real asset to families in BS13 and beyond.”
Georgina Perry, Executive Director of Heart of BS13, said: “This will be a great opportunity to extend our environmental action work and give BS13 a brilliant city farm to be proud of.
“We’re looking forward to starting our engagement programme as soon as lockdown restrictions allow us to.
“We'll be involving people from across the generations to help us shape the future of the Farm.”
Councillor Asher Craig, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for communities, said: “We were very impressed with the energy and enthusiasm for change that these two community organisations demonstrated.
“Their ideas were inspiring and I’m sure local residents will come together to support the vision with their own ideas. I look forward to the doors opening once again.”
The new tenants will share their plans with local residents this summer to get as much input as they can before the farm reopens.
The farm closed its doors to the public at the end of February however some animals are still being cared for onsite and will be transported to a new home when it is safe to do so. The welfare of the animals is paramount, and the council is working towards a managed handover of the site.
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