A new era has dawned for the formerly community-owned Ffarm Moelyci near Bangor. The farm has now been purchased from Moelyci Environmental Centre (In administration) Ltd by a consortium of a dozen interested parties representing former tenants, supporters, neighbours, community groups and local small businesses: Ymlaen Moelyci. The consortium of owners came together in August 2017 to bid for the farm when its owners were forced to put it on the open market to clear their debts.
Security and certainty will underpin future developments
To the outside world, the appearance of the farm and its planned development will not change much in the near future. The farm shop and cafe will continue its operation after a short break during this winter and the allotments organisation can now recommence cultivating their plots with confidence. Snowdonia Donkeys’ work with children and the community will expand as they take over additional buildings and land, and the education barn and community kitchen will still be available for hire for functions, events and the popular pop-up restaurant evenings. Most of the planned small-scale biomass plant has recently arrived from Scotland and will be commissioned in the New Year, a calendar of events is being drawn up for 2019, and the public rights of way across the farm remain open to all.
“It is a huge relief after all the twists and turns and dogged hard work of the last two years, to have secured the farm’s future” said Colin Keyse, founder of the consortium company Ymlaen Moelyci Cyf. “whilst we now have the farm privately owned by twelve different parties, their interests are complementary to each other’s and represent much of the strategic plan that had been developed under the previous tenant, Cwm Harry Land Trust’s guidance”.
Ruth Stronge of Snowdonia Donkeys said “we are delighted that our donkeys no longer face the prospect of having to find a new home before Christmas. We can look forward to putting our plans for the future into action in the New Year”. Andy Crabb of Tregarth Community Allotments CIC said “Our members are delighted that our future here is secure and we can welcome more new members to join our friendly group”