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Harrogate school's plans for a community farm

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Published by Lisa Darvill at 8:02am 7th July 2018.

A Harrogate primary school is asking for feedback on its plans to build a community farm.

New Park School's going to create allotments and rear animals, such as chickens and goats, on its school field.

Staff and pupils want to open the area up to the community and create a local hub.

Headteacher Rob Mold said: 

"Because the field's not attached to the school we can be a lot more creative about who accesses it and when they access it. 

"So we're looking to create a community hub that  absolutely the children will be there week in, week out during term time, planting things, growing things, looking after the animals. But also we hope the community can be there, that we can have community allotment plots, community days and other local schools can come and be a part of what we're literally growing on the field." 

Rob says it's important the pupils understand where their food comes from.

He added: 

"If you could stand on the school's roof and look in every direction you would see farmland.

"We live in the middle of that in a small town but our children don't know about where their food comes from, and they don't really understand what's involved."  

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The school's field 

These year 5 pupils tell us what they're looking forward to learning about: 

To help build the farm, the school children are asking local businesses and residents for help. They're looking for donations of fencing, sheds and pallets. 

They also want to know what people think about their plans. You can fill in their consultation here.

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