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Fordhall Organic Farm

Proud to be community owned


Come & Explore Us!

Fordhall Organic Farm - a great Shropshire day out

Fordhall Organic Farm, in Market Drayton, north Shropshire, is England’s first community-owned farm following a high profile campaign in 2006. At the time over 8,000 people across the world supported siblings Charlotte and Ben Hollins to save their family home. Now owned by the community and farmed by Ben Hollins, Fordhall is a wonderful example of community spirit and real organic farming.

Plus, we are completely free to visit and we are open to the public year round.

Visit us

We have a fresh food café, farm shop and three free walking trails weaving around the farm (dogs welcome on a lead – children can be free-range!). Fordhall offers the perfect place for a leisurely walk to escape the hustle and bustle and immerse yourself in nature. Young adventurers can climb trees, paddle in the river, run through the fields, search for minibeasts, dip a net in the river and cool off in the shady woodland.

You’re sure to encounter a few farm animals during your visit as Fordhall is a working farm. You’re likely to see plenty of wildlife along the way too, as we farm organically and in harmony with the nature. In fact, we have been farming organically since the Second World War following the forward thinking of the late Arthur Hollins.

We look forward to sharing our farm with you.

Opening hours:

Tuesday – Saturday: 9.30am – 4pm (shop open until 5pm),
Sunday: 9am – 4pm.
Bank Holidays 10am – 4pm

To receive a welcome direct from Ben and Charlotte Hollins, listen to this .mp3 (recorded by them in 2009)

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