Norwich farming community facing eviction hunt for new home

Norwich FarmShare, farm manager, Laura Creen, with Paul Eldridge at work on one of their crops. Farm

Norwich FarmShare, farm manager, Laura Creen, with Paul Eldridge at work on one of their crops. FarmShare are looking for recruits for their community run food growing scheme. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: Archant copyright 2011

A group which grows local and sustainable food for city-dwellers around Norwich is facing eviction from the land its members have sown for the last five years.

Norwich FarmShare, formed from the Norwich Transition Town Network, which looked at ways to live more sustainably in the city, has been farming a spot of land near the Postwick Park and Ride since 2011.

But with the planned Northern Distributor Road slicing through the area, the group's members were told the landowner wanted to put out the field to other uses.

And with a September deadline to move out, they are now raising funds to make a fresh start.

FarmShare member Claire Gebbett said the group's 100 members, who benefit from a weekly harvest, see the move as an opportunity.

'It was hard for us last year because of the growing conditions, and now it is like we can have a fresh start and make the project a bit more sustainable,' she said.

'Though it came as a shock at the time and will be a lot of hard work to move everything, this is a new beginning for us.'

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Several offers have been made for land which the FarmShare volunteers can rent, but they need to find the right location.

'Our remit as Norwich FarmShare is we are never further than 10 miles away from the city centre, so we need to stay within the city,' said Ms Gebbett.

FarmShare grower Rosalind Bacon added: 'Over the past five years we have built a wonderful community around food and the land, involving many local people and groups.

The co-operative is holding a fund-raising Klezmer Ceilidh at Silver Road Community Centre in Norwich tonight at 7pm. Tickets are available at BIT.LY/1PXSqwl or on the door.

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