A former Stoke On Trent golf course is set to be transformed into a community market garden.
Charity the Urbivore Foundation is taking over the Parkhall Golf Course to
grow produce, and rear sheep and chickens for meat and eggs.
Council has granted a community asset transfer to the Foundation on a 25-year lease for agricultural
Over five years, it is estimated more than 230 tonnes of fruit, vegetables and other produce could be grown at the site.
It would be sold on, and funds reinvested in the
The scheme could
create a total of five jobs, 26 apprenticeships, 55 mentoring and volunteering
roles for over 50s and work placement and training opportunities for long-term
Platt, cabinet member for green enterprises and clean city, said: "Development
of an urban farm is an innovative approach to make use of vacant and disused
council land to diversify the local economy to producing organic food produce
which brings positive health outcomes for local communities.
"It fits perfectly
with our Mandate for Change, making Stoke-on-Trent a great place to live and
promoting independent and healthy lives.
"The reality is that
it’s becoming increasingly difficult for councils to continue to
fund maintenance of vacant green spaces and assets.”
plan seeks to raise £2 million grant funding over the next two years.
executive Rowena Young said: "One thing Stoke-on-Trent has in spades is
green space and good will and we’re very excited to be working with the city
council on this project.
"We believe we can
help improve the city's health with a ready and affordable supply of fresh
produce, but we can also use trade to create new opportunities for those whose
futures look bleakest.
and internships are designed to help long-term unemployed young people to
discover a passion for work outdoors and systematically overcome the barriers they
"Our food and growing
programmes enable households struggling with obesity, poor health, and often
anxiety and depression, to bring meaning, pleasure and well-being back to their
"If there's one thing
we've all learned from the recession, it's that no-one is handing out
opportunities on a plate. So our message is, come and get involved.”