The Yorkley mappers have updated openstreetmap adding public footpaths and the tracks in Ten Acre Wood
Map of the farm.
Area outlined in green was occupied yesterday
Area in red is still occupied with people locked on in tree houses and on buildings.
Some reports of other areas of the farm being re-occupied.
More people gathering in the Ten Acre Woods to the south of the farm ready to re-enter the site
Road to the east of the farm still closed.
Green dotted lines are public footpaths
All the surrounding woods, Ten Acre, Maple Hill etc. are Forestry Commission and open to full public access.
Click on the map for more detail.
Police and Bailiffs at Yorkley Court Farm attempting eviction.
We ask our friends and allies to support us now in our time of need.
Please come to the farm.
Yorkley Lane, which is to the east of the farm has been closed to facilitate the eviction attempt, but there are lots of paths into the farm from the north and south and through the Forestry Commission land to the west. Ten Acre Wood adjoins the south of the occupied land and is probably the best route onto the farm.
We are well into the new year, and Yorkley Court is still here, living and growing on the land. 2015 was a year dominated by the possibility of unjust eviction, and yet we have survived thanks to our determination to fight for what is right, and also thanks to the support and help we have received from hundreds of people in the local area. And yet, despite surviving, 2015 was a difficult year in many ways – the amount of time and resources we could allocate to farming was curtailed by the immediate necessity to protect ourselves and the land we are on. Furthermore, we were forced into building our famous tower at our front gate, which, while impressive, completely blocks vehicle access. 2016, we hope, will be a year of moving forward from these problems and developing our situation at Yorkley Court for the better.
Remember that this is only possible because of the Forest of Dean – both the people and the place. The Forest also had an interesting 2015, not least with regards to fracking. The district council, in October, took the unprecedented step of unanimously voting in favour of a motion in which they declared their opposition to this terrible process. And yet in December the government granted a licence to two companies to start ‘exploratory drilling’ in and around the Forest. It would appear that the government has disabled all the democratic options which could allow a local population to stop this process – and so the people of the Forest can rely on nothing other than themselves. We at Yorkley continue to declare our support for the Foresters in this struggle.
We would like to reassure the people of the forest that while Yorkley Court is a home to us, we also want it to be yours. We have always intended for it to be a ‘community farm’. So please come down and visit, pretty much anytime – especially during our open day and workshop events! (We have one planned for February, announcement soon. We also encourage people to think about the possibility of using the land at Yorkley Court for their allotment space.) Ring the number that is displayed at the gate if there is no-one to let you in.
We hope you had a great festive season and hope to see you soon down on the farm.
This morning two council officials entered the farm asking questions about the number of pregnant women and children on-site. We recognise this as a sign that an eviction attempt is likely to happen in the near future.
We are strengthening our defences and preparing ourselves for what may come.
We need support.
It would be great to have even more people on site in the coming days .. there are lots of practical and other jobs to help with, including building, cooking, climbing, first aid, legal observation and moral support. Come and learn and share skills and get stuck in!
We also need support with getting materials onto site, including:
-climbing materials and polyprop rope
-spare bedding, tents and tarpaulins
-any other useful materials/tools (list will be updated/added to)
This piece of land means everything to us. It is our home, it is the source of our water, food, fuel and shelter. It is an open space where people from the wider local community of the Forest of Dean meet, make friends and share skills. It also provides habitat for a rare diversity of plant and animal life, which if destroyed would be irreplaceable.
We will not allow this land to be taken by someone to whom it means nothing but extra millions in their pocket. Someone who plans to build multiple housing developments that will urbanise this quiet rural area.
If you feel as we do then we urge you to get in touch or just come down. Visitors, as ever, are always welcome.
We will keep you posted on any news.
If you wish to join our emergency contact list, please send a text to: 07522 025 889
To contact us,
Yorkley Court Community Farm
Respect existence or expect resistance!
Saturday 5th September 12 – 4pm
as part of the Forest Food Hunt ..
1pm: Wild food foraging walk
2pm: “Food Revolution” discussion hosted by Corporate Watch
All afternoon: Delicious seasonal food, face painting and fun!
Parking is very limited, so if you are able to, please park in Yorkley and walk down.
Hope to see you there!
Check out the Food Hunt –