River Bourne Community Farm celebrates 10 years

River Bourne Community Farm celebrates 10 years

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 5:52am 31st January 2020.

3 minute read

The Laverstock venture's been reflecting on a decade on site, and plan for a bright future ahead of them too.

The Community Interest Company was launched in 2010 to provide a place where local people could get out into nature, close to home.

Fast forward to now and they have a successful farm, a busy cafe, and a thriving education centre.

River Bourne Community Farm Laverstock Sept 2018
The Laverstock farm is looking ahead to many more years at the Farm

Sage Hancock from River Bourne Community Farm says it's been a huge change: 

"When we look back and see pictures of the site that we took over, which was basically a piece of derelict wasteland owned by the local council, to what we've got now - you can how much hard work's gone into it over the years."

WHAT'S NEXT? 

The plans for 2020 show no signs of slowing down, with a new education unit being constructed at Laverstock.

That's to allow for more primary schools to be able to visit the farm and learn more about the animals and their environment.

There's also a refurbishment on the way for one of their barns and plans to increase parking on site for visitors.

River Bourne Community Farm Laverstock Sept 2018
River Bourne Community Farm say they intend to be free of charge to visit forever

Education and Marketing Officer at River Bourne Community Farm, Sage Hancock explains why she thinks they've been so successful: 

 

KEEPING THE FARM SUSTAINABLE

A big focus for River Bourne Community Farm is on getting enough funding in to maintain and grow what they do.

Sage Hancock says they don't want to just rely on grants from local authorities and charities: 

"If everyone who came to the farm bought a cup of coffee; and we sell feed pots for people to go around and feed the animals, that kind of thing makes us sustainable and we've got to be sustainable for the future so that we're here forever. We're always looking at new projects to (continue that)."

River Bourne Community Farm Laverstock Sept 2018
The farm is a quiet space just outside Salisbury city centre for visitors to learn more about their environment

There are plans later this year to bring back the popular 'Live at the Farm' event that draws in hundreds of people for a day of live music.

Workshops and events will also continue, with dates and details on the River Bourne Community Farm website.

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