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Stirley Community Farm

Stirley Community Farm is an exciting venture into the world of food and farming for Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. The farm near Huddersfield was taken on by the Trust in 2011 and has moved at an unrelenting pace since then, with the aim of demonstrating that farming and wildlife can exist hand-in-hand, whilst sustaining itself as a viable social enterprise.


Once again a busy, working farm following dereliction after failing as a diary farm, the Trust has introduced a herd of beef shorthorn cattle, developed a thriving vegetable garden, planted an orchard and begun work on a forest garden.

A jam packed events programme exists from regular gardening clubs where individuals can come to learn more about growing their own, to guided walks around the farm and surrounding areas to show how it is possible to manage a species rich landscape even if agricultural.

Plans are afoot to convert one of the barns into an education centre where formal training and school visits can be accommodated. The farm has been welcomed by the local community, with great support for what the Trust is trying to achieve and a team of dedicated volunteers helping to shape it.


What's on at Stirley?

For more information on events held at Stirley Community Farm have a look at our 'What's on' listings or visit the farms Facebook page.

We also have a whole area of our website with all the information you could want about Stirley Community Farm's Team, wildlife, education, and how you can get involved.


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Public Transport

Nearest train station is in Berry Brow.


From Huddersfield take the A616 then turn left onto Bridge St, next turn left onto Lockwood Scar. Take a slight left onto Church Lane, continue onto Jackroyd Lane. Follow this up the hill, where it becomes High Lane and then take first right onto Hall Bower Lane (if you reach a T-junction at the top of the hill, you've gone too far). Follow the road through the housing and as the road drops down*, turn left on a sharp bend onto a tarmac drive. Follow the track along till you reach a crossroads and drive straight across to our car park.

From the M1 take the junction 38 exit to Huddersfield. At the roundabout take the second exit onto the A637. Carry on across two roundabouts then at the next take the first exit onto the A642. Turn right onto Station Rd then right onto the A629. Turn left onto Fenay Lane and continue on this road until it becomes Ashes Lane. Follow Ashes Lane and turn right onto High Lane down a steep hill. Take the first left onto Hall Bower Lane. Follow the road through the housing and as the road drops down*, turn left on a sharp bend onto a tarmac drive. Follow the track along till you reach a crossroads and drive straight across to our car park.

*Please ensure you take the new entrance track from Lady House Lane rather than Ashes Lane, as this is often entrance is often locked and not suitable for traffic.

Please note that during larger events there is limited parking available on the farm, which is prioritised for people with mobility issues. During these events please park at Castle Hill, walk back to Ashes Lane and turn left, the footpath to the farm is opposite the bus stop on the right and near Castle House Farm Cottages.


Want to see more of Stirley Community Farm before your visit? Have a look below.

Stirley Community Farm photos in our Flickr group


Species and habitats

Farmland, Woodland

Nearby nature reserves

Upper Park Wood Nature Reserve
1 miles - Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Stocksmoor Common Nature Reserve
8 miles - Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Stoneycliffe Wood Nature Reserve
8 miles - Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Nature reserve map

Reserve information

Off Hall Bower Lane
Berry Brow, Huddersfield
West Yorkshire
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Opening Times
Open at all times.

Open access policy on site. Contact the Trust for disabled access information.
Walking information
Open access policy on site as well as official rights of way.
There is nearby parking at Castle Hill and Victoria Tower, HD4 6TA.
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01484 663185


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