Glastonbury

The Glastonbury Town Deal has secured £23.6 million investment for the town, representing a once-in-a-generation opportunity to deliver the objectives outlined in the Town Investment Plan

Glastonbury Food and Regenerative Farming Centre

Lead Organisation: Glastonbury Agricultural Project (CIC)

Establishing a community-led agroecological facility which will enable people to find a place of learning and development and gain knowledge and experience in producing local food.

Funding

  • Towns Fund:  £1.13m
  • Co-Funding:  £0.8m

Outcomes

  • People gaining knowledge and experience about producing own food
  • Produce more local food leading to food resilience and security

Key Project Themes

  • Tackle Climate Change
  • Grow the Economy
  • Reduce Deprivation
  • Improve Health and Wellbeing

Rationale

  • Addresses concerns relating to food resilience and security as well as provision of food for the future
  • Recognises the need to reduce carbon emissions through local growth of food.
  • Addresses anxiety levels generated as a result of COVID-19 by providing engaging outdoor activity.

Project Summary

A new Glastonbury Food and Regenerative Farming Centre will be established on around 20 acres of under-used pastureland, just outside Beckery Village.

This community-led agroecological facility will operate as a centre for food resilience and sustainability, teaching growers of all ages and backgrounds about natural methods for growing food and managing the land.

Through demonstrations and hands-on learning, people will learn how to work with, rather than against, the land. In doing so, they’ll be helping to improve soil quality, support biodiversity and enhance natural ecosystems.

As well as producing local food and thereby reducing food miles, other aims of the project include inspiring smallholders, landowners and gardeners to care for the land in harmony with nature; increasing food resilience; and improving the mental and physical wellbeing of local residents.

 

Click here to view the planning application details and documents.