Public meeting kickstarts Burley Mills community farm idea

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Photo: KVDT

A public meeting has taken the first step towards creating a community farm in Burley.

The meeting heard that the community-led Kirkstall Valley Development Trust (KVDT) is talking to Leeds City Council about taking a lease on the six hectares of agricultural land at Burley Mills.

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Proposed site of the Kirkstall Valley community farm

Their aim is to establish a community-supported agricultural business and develop growing projects that work with schools and residents, to sit alongside the remaining allotment holder in the area.

22 people listened to Sue Brown, an experienced grower, outline what would need to be done to get to the point of a self-supporting farm based on membership and a vegetable box scheme.

Nine people came forward for the Steering Group that Sue will be a part of.

The group will be working up plans over the coming weeks and with the Trust will be talking to the Council about taking the lease.

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KVDT is looking to create a new Kirkstall Valley Park and linked green spaces down the River Aire. The idea is also being supported by Feed Leeds, a network of individuals and organisations working to support local food growing, and to promote healthy, sustainable and affordable food in Leeds.


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