Feb 17 2011 Harrow Observer
ENTHUSIASTIC residents are behind the idea of setting up a community farm in Harrow, in an example of truly local grassroots activism.
Such a project would provide a working farm where children could learn about animals and see food production first hand. There would also be the opportunity for volunteers to indulge in agriculture by maintaining allotments.
If the farm is located at Pinner Park Farm, it would protect and preserve an ancient monument and resurrect some of the land's original use as a dairy farm.
Stemming from an initial stall at Harrow in Leaf's annual show last summer, a group of residents have established a charitable company as a vehicle to bring that ambition to fruition, and Harrow Council has set aside £350,000 to fund it all, with the aim of attracting further cash.
Trustees embarked on a fact-finding mission to see how notfor-profit Kentish Town City Farm operates, and whether they can replicate the level of success, support and respect the Camden-based enterprise has attracted.
The project promises that Harrow will be a much richer place for ecology and education, as well as simply providing an outdoor activity for children and their parents or schools to take part in.
This project should be supported, so that the borough's residents can be provided with a wonderful education resource and a little piece of the country in this urban London borough for all to enjoy.