The team behind Oxford City farm have been working to bring City Farming to Oxford since 2008. We are a diverse group of local people with broad skills and experience in among other things, health, youth work, planning, community development, teaching, architecture, fund raising, horticulture, ecology and veterinary medicine.
Oxford City Farm became registered company with limited liability on 29th April 2010 (Company number: 07239285), and achieved charitable status on 26th October 2011 (Charity number: 1144439). We have been working with the local community to inform the development of the project by running a series of consultation events, meeting local people and organisations at community events, and researching good practice at established city farms.
Much time and energy has been focused on negotiating a lease on the Farm site which has changed hands a number of times during the period of negotiation. We are excited to say we are in the very final stages of this work and hope to be signing a 40 year lease in the very near future.
Meanwhile other work has included creating a phased design plan for the farm, drafting policy, fund raising, gaining planning permission, business planning, small scale site development including creation of a community orchard and making links with other like minded community groups and organisations.