Stirley Community Farm (Huddersfield)

Our fabulous farm: Stirley Community Farm is one of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust's most ambitious projects to date - to turn a failed, derelict dairy farm on the edge of Huddersfield into a sustainable working farm that supports wildlife as well as food production in the setting of a Pennine Fringe Living Landscape.

After years of planning and fundraising, Stirley Community Farm really started in 2011. We're now well on our way to achieving our vision of a sustainable working farm which involves all members of the local community through food growing. 

Stirley Community Farm will be run as a beef social enterprise based on a low input traditional farming model, rearing slow maturing hardy breeds fed on grass and hay grown on the farm. The farm will be open to all, with a visitor centre and self-guided trails.

As an example of sustainable farming, Stirley Community Farm will explore and provide a demonstration of concepts such as low carbon farming and land management that will improve the wildlife of the Pennine Fringe. Tree planting is planned to increase woodland cover and provide wood-fuel, whilst pond and wetland areas will be established.

The farm is also a base for a wider community vision which looks at local food production and growing as a way of uniting local people and helping to bridge gaps in the community. The vegetable training area has been hugely successful in the first year of the project thanks to the help of all the people who have volunteered their time to maintain it.

The development of the farm and its food operation will include; 

  • Renovating existing farm buildings
  • Establishing a herd of Beef Shorthorn cattle
  • Food growing training area
  • Formal orchards and Forest Garden
  • Food events and festivals
  • Education provision and training programmes

Find out more about the farm by watching this video!

 

 

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Great programme on BBC4 at the mo: "The Wonder of Bees"; if you want to see a hive up close come visit us!

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  • Fences are flying at Broadhead Clough Nature Reserve

    Thursday 17th April, 2014

    Helicopter airlifting fencing materials to Broadhead Clough

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  • Plight of barn owls to be highlighted at Community Farm event on Sunday

    Monday 31st March, 2014

    Barn owl

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What's on

Cow Crazy at Stirley Farm Kid's Club

Thursday 24th April 2014,
10.00am - 12.00pm

Venue: Stirley Community Farm, Off Ashes Lane, Stirley Hill, Berry Brow

We're going cow crazy at the farm! Come and learn all about our herd of Beef shorthorn and have a go at crafting your own model cow.

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