We are developing a working and educational farm at Yorkley Court – a hub for promoting small scale sustainable farming and forestry practices. We are actively working on and promoting –
-the development of sustainable rural enterprises
-local food production
-sharing of skills and knowledge
-local community involvement
Being able to live and work on the land together is necessary for this project to be viable, so we have submitted an application for temporary planning permission to erect 15 temporary low impact structures (yurts and geodesic domes). You can find a more detailed description of the project and planning application below, and the full application can be viewed on the Forest of Dean District Council website.
If you support our application it would be extremely helpful if you could contact the council to tell them why.
There are several ways to do this….
You can comment online on the Forest of Dean District Council website
You can email the planning department at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can write a letter to-
Forest of Dean District Council
Make sure to mention the application reference – P1266/14/FUL Yorkley Court Farm
When writing, it would be useful to talk about any involvement you have already had with the farm – if you have attended an event or workshop here, if you have bought produce from us, etc. You could also describe how you feel the project benefits the Forest of Dean.
Here is some more info about the farm..
We aim to develop a working and educational sustainable farm – a hub for skill sharing around small scale sustainable farming and forestry practices. We promote the use of natural and traditional farming methods rather than chemicals, to improve soil health and wildlife habitats.
The farm has become a rural enterprise incubator – the Forest of Dean Food Hub, our laying hens and our fruit and vegetable gardens have started to supply high quality local food at affordable prices. Our woodland crafts and herb growing businesses have also started trading. By creating enterprises within the Forest we are reversing the trend of people commuting out of the district for work.
We encourage more people from Yorkley and the surrounding areas to become involved with the farm project. We hold community gardening days on Sundays where people of all ages and backgrounds work together growing food. A local firewood consumer co-operative has been cutting their firewood on the farm. People are very welcome to suggest ideas for things they would like to happen here.
We have lots of skills and are constantly learning more about sustainable living and farming and we want to share this knowledge. A number of courses have been run on the farm, teaching people to build solar panels, highly efficient wood stoves and about sustainable farming methods. We plan to continue offering courses. There are also plenty of other opportunities to learn while working at, or visiting the farm.
The Planning Application
We have applied for planning permission to enable us to continue to live on the land while developing the farm project and associated enterprises.
We have submitted an application to allow us to erect 15 temporary low impact structures (yurts and geodesic domes) for a period of five years. Permission for dwelling on agricultural land is conditional on making a livelihood from the land. If the project is going well it would be possible for us to apply to extend the permission.
The farm project and associated enterprises support each other and require constant attention. Sharing of resources, tools and vehicles and not having to commute reduces our environmental impact. Being able to live and work on the land together is necessary for this project to be viable.