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Land secured for Oxford City Farm

Team at farm site
The team at the new site
After six years of planning and a growing swell of public support, Oxford City Farm has secured a home – in the Florence Park area of East Oxford. The steering group can now kickstart work to recruit volunteers and turn the unused space into a living, breathing farm where Oxford’s residents young and old can come to meet animals, pick produce and learn about farming in a fun, friendly environment.
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New year developments

Things have moved on apace since the New Year, With the County Council producing draft heads of terms for an agreement to lease; this really feels like it will be an amazing year for Oxford City Farm.

There are many ways that you can be involved right now! – your farm needs you, please get in touch and let us know how you want help…

With so much to do we have re –instated the sub groups – these are groups of steering group members and interested supporters who meet between steering group meetings to progress the work of making the farm a reality . The 5 groups are – Fund raising, Governance, Design/planning, Events/community engagement and PR and communications. As well as a more practical orchard/site development group. There is obviously some cross over between groups and many of us are involved in more than one group, but if you have expertise or enthusiasm in any of these areas then please get in touch.

Lease negotiation

After meeting with Rebecca Marshall from the community land advisory service we have returned revised heads of terms for agreement to lease to County Council, we hope to hear back from them shortly. As it stands the council has agreed to lease the Farm site to us for 40 years with an annual rent of 1 peppercorn. This really is a landmark decision and we are very grateful the broad based community and political support that has enabled this as well as the hard work of officers at the county council during difficult times.