We’ve had some fantastic news concerning our community farm project in Blackpool!
We’ve been successful in being granted more than £350,000 of National Lottery funding to start work on the farm on the grounds of the City Learning Centre on Grange Park.
The idea was developed by us following extensive consultation with the local community and will improve the quality of life for those living in the immediate neighbourhood and surrounding areas of Blackpool.
Plans for the site include creating raised flower beds, a timber covered outdoor work area, children’s play space, a fruit growing area, poly tunnels, a fruit tree orchard and a picnic and seating area. There will be no livestock on the site.
The farm eventually aims to be self-sustaining; generating income from produce grown on site, offering educational visits, courses and workshops and commissioned services.
A ‘Friends of’ group will also be developed, so that local residents and beneficiaries can continue and champion the work of the farm in the future.
Dr Arif Rajpura, Chair of Blackpool Fairness Commission and Director of Public Health said: “I am delighted that we have secured this funding from the Big Lottery, this is a significant amount of money which will help us realise our aspiration of a Community Farm for Blackpool.
“The Fairness Commission, which includes a range of partners from across the public, private and voluntary sector, has worked tirelessly to see this farm come to fruition over the last two years. I am confident that it will be a fantastic asset for Blackpool Communities and will help people to improve their health and well-being as well as bringing some people closer to the job market.”
Since 2009, Groundworks has been delivering a project called Grow Blackpool, which promotes the benefits of eating fresh fruit and vegetables daily and enables people to grow it themselves at a number of community growing sites. Grow Blackpool has had a measurable impact on peoples’ lives, helping them to save money, learn new skills, become more active and make new friends.
The new farm will be managed by Groundwork as part of a development group working with the Fairness Commission and a range of local partners.