Updates

  • Progress on Grants

    Many people have been asking about our progress regarding grant applications. We have now submitted three applications. The first was to Tubney Trust and this was unfortunately declined, the other two are with Garfield Western Foundation and GrantScape (a Land…

  • New Life at Fordhall

    We have had our first calf of the year born at Fordhall this week! Andy, the young calf, is also Ben’s first Pedigree Hereford to be born at the farm. It is the beginnings of a Hereford suckling herd which…

  • Its all about who you know

    Plans for the Chairty Ball and Family Fun Day are coming along well. Auction prizes currently range from signed books to a tour for four around Highgrove Gardens. Keep them coming! No prizes too big or too small. Charlotte and…

  • “Bloody good idea” say NFU Farmers, By Charlotte

    Ben and I attended the National NFU Conference in Birmingham on Monday and Tuesday this week. The two days were extremely interesting and a great inspiration to us both. We did our best to network with all the ‘big wigs’…

  • YOU will OWN Fordhall Farm!

    Many of you may have watched the documentary on BBC Midlands on Monday 27th February. It was an Inside Out film about the fight to save Fordhall and to open it as an educational and social resource promoting sustainable farming…

  • TV Fame

    Watch out for us on BBC 1 Breakfast News Thursday 23rd Feb 7.40am and 8.40am… Also – Monday 27th Feb we are on BBC 1 7.30pm Inside Out Documentary – apologies this is a regional broadcast, only in the midlands!…

  • Volunteering Mayhem

    Last week Ben and Charlotte were followed by BBC One Life camera crew who are recording a 10 minute slot on the regional (Midlands) programme to be aired on 27th Feb, 7.30. The crew were all lovely and easily fitted…

  • Volunteer Working Weekend

    What an amazing weekend! Both Saturday and Sunday saw 28 people throwing themselves into hedgelaying, fencing and tree planting with tremendous enthusiasm! There was a mixture of old volunteers and new, young and old, experienced and amateurs. The farm was…

  • The Beginnings of the Tenancy – Sophie

    Last night the board met to dicuss the unique tenancy agreement between future landlord (FCLI) and the tenants (currently the Hollins family). This was the first of many meetings to come as it is vital that this document can relate…

  • Contracts and detail!

    We have recently had a meeting with Iain Morrison from MFG Solicitors who has very generously agreed to work on the land purchase agreement between the Initiative and the landowners free of charge. This detail is paramount to the success…