Permission for local food growers - council intends eviction - waste of public resources
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The Crossing, Forest Row grows REAL, CLEAN, LOCAL produce, free from pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. We're creating a resilient landscape, drought tolerant and flood resistant with food, fodder and fuel crops that need time to establish in a mixed small holding with sheep, pigs, chickens and a 1 acre market garden. Local authority wants us off the land. you can work with us pressing the donate button on our home page to help towards Legal fees
Wealden Council states we are causing "harm" to the Ashdown Forest SAC, SPA and SSSI, and has given the project enforcement notices which required us to stop what we are doing and leave our land in November 2016. Complying with the enforcements destroys this local food growing intitiative and makes our family homelss, not complying with the notice makes Emma Goodwin a criminal. We can negotiate permission with conditions. If the council is willing.
With Food Banks in our town and food shortages reported in the news, we are using regenerative agriculture to create resilience. Resilience means adaptability in times of climate change. Adaptability may mean survival in decades to come.
The Crossing is supplying fresh food to locals and opportunity for community cohesion and education. www.thecrossingforestrow.com Running courses on nutrition www.grandmaalchemyskitchen.com our aim is to provide information, inspiration and motivation for transformation using food as medicine.
A Biochar Stove fuels the project producing soil-transforming Biochar which sequesters carbon in the growing system. www.soil-carbon-regeneration.com
The Crossing was invited to speak at The Oxford Real Farming Conference 2013 by Graham Harvey, agricultural editor to The Archers, about the design and implementation of our swales system. Natural England officer Charlie Chantler, expressed interest in visiting The Crossing with reference to their Catchment Sensitive Farming program. Dr Margaret Pilkington of Sussex University has visited with a flood allieviation group for the River Ouse. The Crossing was awarded a bursary to attend the Agroecology Course at Schumacher College in 2013. The Crossing is a Wwoof UK host providing training opportunities for young people.
We are saving the seeds and working on BEING THE CHANGE that is required to mitigate our impact as a species on the web of life.
Wealden has discretion over this decision and has the opportunity to work with us all to make this place a credit to the community. Do you agree that Wealden should support the aims of The Crossing, allow the work to continue and negotiate? Help towards the cost of the legal fees by using the donate button on our home page www.thecrossingforestrow.com or read more on our crowdfunding page which is now closed http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/the-crossing-community-supported-agriculture
- Wealden Council
- Wealden Council - Forest Row
Councillor Peter Holloway
- Wealden Council - Forest Row
Councillor Rowena Moore
- Head of Planning and Building Control
- MP for Wealden
Consider all the benefits that The Crossing is supplying:
-filtering water (swale creation)
-purifying air by tree planting
-catchment sensitive farming
-real clean affordable food
-holistic land management
-suitable alternative natural green space
-easy access along The Forest Row
Consider how little this has cost the council and of how much it is of benefit to the community. The Crossing is an asset to the collective and we heartily support the council in encouraging this small scale, low impact development.
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