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Unicorn land project!

As we have mentioned before, we are planning to buy some local land and help start a new organic growing business, in order to supply us with more local veg. So far we have been raising funds and scouring the local area for good horticultural land.

Big thanks to those who have invested loanstock. Just under £150,000 has been raised, mainly from previous loanstock holders who helped us buy the shop building five years ago. Your support is really appreciated.

We are now looking for land with the confidence of having sufficient funds. The best local horticultural land is to the west of Manchester Ė around Ormskirk and, closer in, the moss lands around Irlam, Barton, Astley and Warrington. There appears to be a decent enough supply of land, but demand is very high (especially from city investors, people from overseas, and people wanting horse paddocks).

Weíll keep you posted of developments as they happen. Itís still early days, but amid uncertainty over future fuel costs and land availability, it feels like the right time to be looking. For us, itís a long-term commitment to providing local organic veg for south Manchester; hopefully for you, thereíll be fresher food, with less food miles, and a local identity.

Last Modified - 5th August 2008

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