The hidden garden paradise in Stoneyholme

There’s a hidden gem in Stoneyholme – Pennine Lancashire Community Farm. met with Helen, one of the members of staff to find out what happens here. Its Eco Community Hub is a self sustaining building, that was constructed during the winter of 2019/ spring 2020, with a living rooftop, water recycling, and insulated walls to assist with lowering the energy consumption.

The hub was built in partnership with The Prince’s Trust, with assistance from an architect.

Burnley lifestyle_Chilli Farm _7/6/22_© Andy Ford

Close to the hub are allotments which can be leased for £2 each year. “These allotments are extremely important for the residents, they provide a rich growing space for vegetables, develop community spirit and are a key stone for wildlife. Many of the women who grow in these allotments also attend the Chilli Club – a project that is partnered with the Bangladesh Women’s Wellbeing Association, Burnley Youth Theatre and the farm, which is regularly run on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The club aims to bring the different communities together through cooking and experiencing different cuisines,” Helen explained.