Stirley Community Farm is an inspirational place which is bringing back wildlife to farming, and working with local people to achieve healthy living and a healthy environment in this corner of Huddersfield.
The farm covers 240 acres of land which was once intensively farmed. Having been abandoned around the start of the 21st Century, the land and farm buildings fell into disrepair. Yorkshire Wildlife Trust chose Stirley Community Farm as their gateway site for West Yorkshire as it is typical of the local countryside and is a great place to showcase how wildlife-friendly farming methods can benefit the landscape, involve the community and support a sustainable farm business.
Since taking on ownership in 2011, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has restored an old barn into an excellent education facility (the Cre8 Barn Education Centre), developed a thriving food training garden, planted an orchard, introduced bee hives and provided agricultural and conservation training to a whole host of young people.
Areas of the farm are grazed with a traditional breed of cattle (beef shorthorn), and a hay cut is taken later in the season to help encourage more wildlife into the fields. We are carrying out grassland restoration work across this urban fringe farm, which will continue to increase the number and diversity of flowers, insects, birds and mammals.
Find out more about our food growing
Despite the farm being in a sometimes wet and windy setting, by working carefully with nature and taking care of our soils, Stirley's gardens are productive all year round and stunning to look at too!
Our team of gardening volunteers are the driving force behind keeping our training garden in tip-top condition and with the addition of a polytunnel and raised beds, the gardens are a great place for visitors of all ages to dig in and get inspired to grow, cook and eat fresh, healthy local food.
Here at Stirley we grow with wildlife in mind – planting pollinator-friendly plants around the edges of the gardens and allowing nettles and thistles to grow as they provide important food sources for insects and birds. No nasty chemicals are added to our crops and growing and eating on the farm means zero food miles.
As well as offering beef boxes to the local community, we encourage visitors to Stirley to buy our surplus veg at our regular events and where possible to 'pick their own'.
No food goes to waste and we have lots of different uses for our vegetables and salads. We sell homemade lunches and suppers using our farm grown produce at our larger events and some local businesses buy our ingredients for chutneys, cakes and catering. School and community groups use the crops in our popular 'Dig, Cook and Eat education sessions and we donate any surplus veg to a local food bank.
As well as our training garden, Stirley Community Farm is proud to have a productive forest garden, a small orchard, and bee-friendly, nectar-rich gardens and seasonally stunning wildflower meadows.
Discover our delicious beef boxes
For Stirley Community Farm to succeed as an example of a farm that is both productive and wildlife-friendly it needs to be self-sustaining.
To enable this Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has developed a community-supported agriculture scheme. Help Yorkshire Wildlife Trust put the community at the centre of the farm and share in the produce of the enterprise - top quality food produced close to home!
Our herd of cattle are an integral part of helping to improve the meadows for wildlife, both on the farm and on nearby nature reserves. Exclusively grass-fed (with the exception of licks which provide essential minerals lacking in the grass), we are proud of the beef produced here at the farm and live by the rule that healthy happy cows mean delicious, flavoursome beef!
One 10 kg beef box provides a wonderful selection of cuts such as steaks, mince and roasting joints. At £10 per kg, the purchase price is comparable to mass produced meat you would buy in the supermarket.
Sign up to the beef box scheme is on a first-come first-served basis as availability is limited. Signing up for an annual direct debit will guarantee you one box per year although we are happy for you to purchase on a ‘pay as you go’ basis.
The beef box scheme is the only way to get hold of Stirley beef and is being targeted at the local community, so is really rather exclusive!
The beef boxes are ready for collection from the farm in autumn and winter, but you will be given at least one month's notice of the collection date. Please do not sign up to this scheme if you are unlikely to be able to travel to the farm near Huddersfield to pick up your beef box.
To find out more about the beef box scheme please call the farm on 01484 663185; or if you would like to set up a direct debit call the head office on 01904 659570 to set up payment.
Get creative in the Cre8 Barn
Thanks to funding from Veolia Environmental Trust's Cre8 we have been able to restore and renovate one of the barns on the original farm site into a fantastic education facility.
The restoration work on the Cre8 Barn Education Centre has been carried out by local company Green Building Store. Green Building Store designed and carried out a retrofit of the barn to make an award-winning, low energy building, Our barn is super efficient and has very low energy bills! This means it has much less of an impact on the environment and on our precious funds.
The Cre8 Barn has a 4 star Food Hygiene rating and hand washing basins to allow schools and community groups to learn about healthy food preparation, as well as providing an area to cook up food for events. All our visitors so far have loved using the space and have cooked up some delicious dishes! Please get in touch if you are interested in hiring our barn!
Call 01484 663185 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Be part of the Stirley Farm Community
A fantastic bunch of volunteers help the Trust across the farm, whether it be helping to restore the farmland, tending the food training gardens, helping with building renovations, farm maintenance, educational activities, or cooking and supporting our events. Find out more about volunteering opportunities at Stirley Community Farm.
Plan your visit
Public opening times
- Seven days a week: Explore Stirley Community Farm via a network of public footpaths.
- First Sunday of every month* 10am - 1pm (subject to occasional variations). The Farm itself is open to the public to explore. Check our events pages for more information. Narrow your search using the keyword "Stirley".
- Schools and community groups can additionally book tailored sessions with our education team.
It's both free to enjoy the network of public footpaths around the farm and the farm itself on Open Sundays (first Sunday of every month - subject to occasional change).
Some events at Stirley Farm carry a small charge. Please refer to details listed on the events pages. Narrow your search using the keyword "Stirley".
Where to find us
Stirley Community Farm, off Hall Bower Lane, Berry Brow, Huddersfield, HD4 6RP
Telephone 01484 663185 Email email@example.com.
- 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 at the junction between Lady House Lane and Hall Bower Lane rather than Ashes Lane, as this is often entrance is locked and not suitable for traffic.
By public transport
- Train: A 20 minute walk from both Berry Brow and Honley railway stations.
- Bus 354 from Huddersfield to South Crosland stops at the junction of Hall Bower and Ladyhouse Lane.
- Bus 341 from Huddersfield to Stocksmoor stops on Ashes Lane at the top of Cold Hill Lane.
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. The route will be signposted.
- There is no farm shop at Stirley but we do sell a small number of products produced on the farm during some events.
- Dogs are allowed. Please be a responsible owner and respect the livestock. Please follow the countryside code and ensure your dog is wormed regularly.
- You are welcome to bring your own food and drinks. Refreshments are available during some events.
What to enjoy
Stirley Farm Sunday
The first Sunday of every month* brings the chance to meet the people of Stirley Farm and see what we do! Meander around the wildlife-friendly vegetable gardens, meet our wonderful herd of beef shorthorn cattle and enjoy a relaxing cup of tea in the Cre8 Barn. Home-made food and refreshments are available.
*Subject to occasional change - please check our events pages for more information. Narrow your search using the keyword "Stirley").
Once a month on a Friday* bring your pre-schooler (under 5s) to enjoy fun activities in and around the farm.
*Subject to occasional change - please check our events pages for more information. Narrow your search using the keyword "nature tots").
Special events for all ages
Browse our events pages (search under 'Stirley') to discover the range of activities you can enjoy, from regular gardening clubs where you can learn more about 'growing your own', to guided walks around the farm and surrounding areas to discover how it is possible to manage a species-rich agricultural landscape.
Hiring the Cre8 Barn
This fabulous space offering a 4 star food hygiene rating and full food preparation area is available for hire so you can cook up a treat for your own event and audience. Call 01484 663185 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Make a full day of your adventure and take the opportunity to explore and enjoy other wild places close by.