Eviction Attempt – Our side of the story

We are a group of ecological farmers who have spent the last two years creating a community farm for the benefit of local people.  We live peacefully in Yorkley where we have contributed positively to the Forest of Dean in many different ways.

At five o’clock Monday morning bailiffs, private security and contractors entered the farm in an attempt to remove our property from the land by force. We resisted their attempt and the bailiffs quickly stood down when they were made aware of the legal situation regarding contested ownership of the land.  We managed to remove everyone from the land, culminating in a stand off at the gate which we have maintained for 48 hours straight.

This shocking and aggressive attempt to destroy a blossoming community farm and peaceful peoples livelihoods has apparently been pursued and paid for by local property developer Brian Bennett colluding with the contested “owner” Solicitor Richard Tolson. This morning we took out an injunction against  Tolson and Bennett which blocks them from using force to remove us from the farm.  We now have some breathing space to continue to work towards developing this community farm which we hope will be a real asset for the people of Yorkley and the Forest of Dean


9 thoughts on “Eviction Attempt – Our side of the story

  1. Reblogged this on Kitchen Counter Culture and commented:
    Sounds really scary what’s happening. These people who have been peacefully creating an alternative community that gardens, organises, sells beautiful food, educates for a fairer world, works hard to be a part of the larger village and Forest of Dean, are facing violent eviction in what seems to be about the power of a property developer who wants his land at all cost. I don’t know the story except what I read … http://www.schnews.org.uk/stories/The-Peasants-Revolt/
    but I’m pretty inclined to be on the side of the Yorkley community, sharing so many of their values and visions for a better world. Anyone there reading this, sending you courage and love!

  2. lol that the pigs are the new image for YCF. hope all goes well and that you’re still there in years to come. consider the caravan my donation to the project, by the way.

  3. Fantastic news, congrats on winning this part of the battle. I will be by soon as I can to have a look around your wonderful farm 🙂

  4. keep up the good work keep it peaceful there are many locals on your side against these land grabbers who willfully break the law to feed their want for more profit and power all to expand their over inflated egos and business portfolios. lets not kid ourselves they are more akin to gangsters than businessmen who are prepared to sacrifice human rights the enviroment to achieve their aims.

  5. What an exhausting few days – and I’ve only been following it all on the internet! I’ll be there for a cup of tea some time soon.

  6. And those who were seen dancing were thought insane by those who could not hear the music 🙂 keep dancing,,,,,love and Rainbows x

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