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Fordhall Community Land Initiative
Fordhall Organic Farm
Tel : +44 01630 638696
A small but beautiful farm in sunny Shropshire owned by 8000 people! Open 6 days a week with 3 free farm trails, a picnic area, farm shop, tearoom, meeting rooms and evening restaurant. This farm is unique, pioneering and inspirational, with everything from cows and pigs, to solar panels and a composting toilet!
You may remember the national battle to save the family farm from development in 2006. A fight to raise £800,000 ensued and over 8000 members of the public now collectively own Fordhall, and that number is growing all the time. This allows Fordhall to claim the accolade of being England’s first community-owned farm.
Three waymarked trails open 6 days a week offer walks from 25 - 60 minutes. Each walk starts from a scenic picnic area and follows a different Fordhall journey such as community ownership, organic farming and Foggage!
The Tearoom serves everything from homemade cakes, to the Full English, or a hot lunch. Serving food with pride and provenance; all ingredients are sourced organically or locally, with freshly ground fair trade coffee to polish it all off. Moreover, this delightful space can be turned into an elegant candle lit restaurant for a special evening with friends, with a bespoke menu from our chef.
The renovated Old Dairy building breathes the farm's organic ethos, with hemp walls, sheep’s wool insulation, a biodiverse roof, pv generation, an air source heat pump and lime plasters. It is perhaps the most sustainable eatery in Shropshire! You can even visit our compost toilet in the field whilst walking the trails if you like...
The Farm Shop sells Fordhall's grass fed Angus beef, lamb and free range Gloucester Old Spot Pork from their butchery counter. Plus there is an extensive variety of other local and organic goods to tempt you, including vegetables, chutneys, jams, butter, juices and even organic ice cream!
The farm can also host group bookings in their function room upstairs. Guided tours can be booked in advance, as can group lunches or functions.
And the best bit is that all profits are recycled back into the educational work the community trust delivers on the farm throughout the year.
There are many events held at Fordhall Farm throughout the year, ranging from summer fairs (June), family days to beer and music festivals (Sept) or Halloween frights (Oct). Plus there is a function room for private parties and a great children’s outdoor birthday party package.
A visit to Fordhall not only offers an educational journey but it is sure to open your mind to what can be achieved when you work in harmony with nature.
See the website for further details on visiting Fordhall, volunteering on the farm, events, or even buying your own not-for-profit share in the farm. www.fordhallfarm.com
Fordhall Farm lies on the A53 next door to the Muller Dairy. We are 40 mins away from Shrewsbury, Stoke and Telford and only 20 mins from J16 of M6.
By Public Transport
Buses from Shrewsbury, Telford and Hanley will stop at the drive way Fordhall Farm on the A53 - you just need to ask the bus driver nicely!
Fordhall Community Land Initiative facilities include:
- American Express accepted
- Delta accepted
- Maestro accepted
- MasterCard accepted
- Visa accepted
- Picnic site
- On site parking
- Parking (free)
- Groups accepted
- Open outside normal opening times by appointment
- Pets accepted (other than service dogs)
- In countryside
- Outdoor event/attraction
- Guided tours available for groups
- Educational Visits Accepted
- Suitable for families
- Suitable for young children
Fordhall Community Land Initiative accessibility includes:
- Ramp/level access
- Service dogs permitted (eg guide dogs)
- Contrast markings on glass doors and full-height windows
- Designated parking within about 50 metres of main entrance
- Drop-off point for guests immediately outside main entrance
- Flat route with no steps from parking area to entrance
- Handrail by steps
- Level access, ramp or lift to a public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
- Level access, ramp or lift to cafeteria
- Level access, ramp or lift to gift shop
- Level access, ramp or lift to restaurant