Farmers hope to build new shop

Farmers are planning to build a new farm shop in Isfield and set up a community growing project where they would offer strips of land, similar to allotments, to villagers.

Michael and Kathy Fordham say they would prepare the ground for planting so villagers could grow and harvest their produce, take whatever they want for themselves and their families and then sell any surplus through the farm shop.

The couple currently have a shop at Bradford's Farm, Little Horsted, but in a planning application, say there is no space to expand there and the layout is far from ideal.

They would like a purpose-built shop with more space to increase the number of customers and expand the range of local produce on sale and provide additional services to farmers and the community.

They have applied to move to Holly Gap Farm, Station Road, Isfield, and villagers have written to Wealden District Council in support of the plan.

Documents submitted with the plan say: “Isfield currently has no village shop at all and has a waiting list for allotments. The new facilities will provide a centrally located shop which is accessible on foot to the people of the village and also by public transport.

“It will offer residents the opportunity to buy fresh, locally grown food and other local produce. We also provide a delivery service to people who have difficulty accessing the shop.

“It will also provide additional affordable growing space for people to grow fruit, vegetables and flowers and to keep chickens.

“We already provide use of a field for community and village events which include the Isfield village fete and the Isfield and Little Horsted Bonfire Society celebrations.”

Read more on the Wealden website. Look for the planning statement: Isfield farm shop

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