9 August 2015

Save The Oak Tree

Please could you circulate this around your e-mail contacts and encourage them to spread the word - and donate!

The Oak Tree is a unique Low-Carbon Community Farm on the edge of Ipswich which has grown from small beginnings, and very impoverished soil, in 2010 to a vibrant community producing weekly veg-boxes, eggs and pork for over 70 families, and is now a safe haven for much wildlife. It is a Permaculture Association Land Demonstration Farm and has won numerous awards including the Suffolk Carbon Charter Gold Standard and the Creating the Greenest County 'Community: Local Food Award. It has also been featured in The Guardian and on ITV. But the unexpected loss of some major promised funding means it may have to close within months.

But ... it is fighting back with a crowd-funding initiative which has raised an amazing £10,000 in its first week!  https://www.indiegogo.com/save-the-oak-tree#/  However ... unless it can get to its target of £27,000 by the end of September it will have to close. It has lots of supporters but needs more! Closure would be a tragedy, not only for the growers but for the whole idea of small scale, community-led, low-carbon and environmentally beneficial farming of which it is a shining example. Can you help, even in a little way?  

See what a buzzy, up-beat place it is on the Farm Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ and its own brilliantly informative website which has these FAQs about the campaign: http://www.the-oak-the-savetheoaktree-

Please do what you can, even if it is just passing this on, sharing, tweeting or telling everyone you know and lots of people you don't.  But the main thing is to get the money in https://www.indiegogo.com/save-the-oak-tree#/  

Please donate NOW, even a couple of quid would help. 

Many thanks