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Ben and Charlotte Hollins' father ran Fordhall Farm from the age of 14 until his death in 2005, along the way inspiring his children with his zeal for organic farming. Shortly after their father’s death, the landlord informed the siblings that they must either raise £800,000 to buy the farm that had been in their family for 700 years, or face eviction. Refusing to go without a fight, the Hollinses set up the Fordhall Community Land Initiative, which allows members of the public to buy a £50 non-profit share in the farm. With an appeal in national newspapers and on television, the community rallied to save a special piece of farming history. Today, more than 8,000 people across the world own a stake in Fordhall—including such celebrities as Prince Charles and Sting—and the farm's future has been secured for the next 100 years. This is the inspirational story of hope and survival against the odds, and an intriguing behind-the-scenes glimpse of the life of modern farmers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780340951248
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd.
Publication date: 07/01/2007
Pages: 340
Product dimensions: 6.36(w) x 9.26(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Ben and Charlotte Hollins run Fordhall Farm on the outskirts of Market Drayton.

Table of Contents

Foreword   Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall     vii
Introduction   Tom Oliver     ix
The Fight for Fordhall Farm     1
Afterword   Tom Oliver     331
Picture credits     333
Acknowledgements     334
How can I get involved?     337

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