Plans for mobile farm in Hull city centre gather momentum

An artist impression of what the Rooted in Hull city centre farm project would look like.  Picture: Dave Ettridge, architect.
An artist impression of what the Rooted in Hull city centre farm project would look like. Picture: Dave Ettridge, architect.
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FINISHING TOUCHES are being made to plans for a ‘farm in a box’ in the centre of Hull.

First mooted earlier this year, the scheme will aim to help better connect locals with food and improve understanding of where food comes from and how best to prepare it.

Rooted in Hull, the not-for-profit enterprise leading the project, has been buoyed by recent grant funding and architect Dave Ettridge is now finalising a planning application with landowners The Wedge Group.

The proposed site is a vacant plot next to the Royal Mail sorting office on St Peters Street. The farm is designed to be mobile so that it can be relocated according to what brownfield sites are available. It will include growing areas and livestock.

Adrian Fisher, a Rooted in Hull director, said: “The impact of connecting with food is gathering momentum, we are gaining partners as they realise the need for education and and knowledge of what can be grown in the centre of a city, and then how that food can produce a good nutritious meal.”

Fellow director Mark Cleaver said the project had attracted separate £5,000 contributions from The Neil Hudgell Solicitors Trust and the 4 Good Fund administered by East Riding Council, and the same amount in kind from construction firm Hobson and Porter which will help with site preparation.

Mr Cleaver added: “Rooted in Hull is still looking for further funding and have lots of elements of the farm that could be sponsored.”

Anyone interested can contact Mark Cleaver on email at mark@rootedinhull.org.uk