Higher Newham Farm and Village project is a plan to create an educational community farm with a Cornish village thriving around it. It’s a place where people can live, work, learn, laugh, eat, drink and share the stories that make us what we are.
It all started with a question: How can it be ensured that the 92 acres of land within walking distance of Truro city centre is used to maximize the benefit of its location for all?
This sparked more questions like: How can homes be provided that people really want to live in at the same time as protecting much-loved green space?
Many conversations later, a plan emerged to form an educational community farm with a village at its heart.
Plans are only as good as their parts. Higher Newham Farm hopes to provide:
- A community farm run by Duchy College and providing accredited training for local young people in agriculture, land based and food related skills. The College would also run short leisure courses.
- A restaurant run by Cornwall Food Foundation, serving local, seasonal food, grown and foraged from the farm, the allotments and surrounding area.
- A cook school run by Cornwall Food Foundation providing hands on learning for all ages.
- 80% of the 92 acres to be gifted by Living Villages to the local community via a charitable trust, with the intention to preserve 70 acres of Higher Newham, for farming and food education forever.
- A network of footpaths and cycle trailways which will open up the greenspace for the community to enjoy and link the village to Truro.
- A new exemplar village of 155 individually designed homes – at least 30% of which will be available within Cornwall Councils affordable housing scheme
- A community hub with space for meetings and clubs, as well as for workshops and a gallery
- A wildlife rich environment of woodlands, orchards, fields, hedgerows and wildflower meadow.
- 2 acres of allotments for the village and wider Truro community.
- Play areas for small and big kids
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