After Burscough Community Farm was devastated by the Boxing Day floods local residents have been working tirelessly to recover, rebuild and refocus the purpose of the community farm.
The 8-acre field was submerged in over five feet of flood water from the Eller Brook, resulting in the loss of 32 chickens and ducks along with beehives and various crops.
MP Rosie met the founder Neil Hickson and several volunteers at the farm and heard all about the great work they are doing to recover from the floods and build a thriving Community Interest Company focused on farming sustainability and social enterprise.
Following her visit, Rosie Cooper MP said:
“It was really inspiring to see the hard work being done to rebuild Burscough Community Farm in the face of the horrendous December flooding.
“The farm offers a number of local initiatives including encouraging wildlife, increasing biodiversity, learning about Permaculture, and improving health and wellbeing.
“I would encourage all residents who might be interested to help the farm and themselves, by getting involved with the project through the various volunteering opportunities that are available for all ages and abilities.
“Not only is the farm producing fantastic veg boxes that will help ensure its sustainability, but the focus on the health and wellbeing benefits for volunteers makes it a very special community asset.
The team running Burscough Community Farm are also concerned that the Rufford causeway pump is due to be switched off by the Environment Agency in 2017, potentially putting the land at even greater risk of flooding in the future. MP Rosie is working with all stakeholders to secure an Internal Drainage Board for the area which will take over water level management in the Alt-Crossens catchment
“I would like to thank Neil Hickson and all the volunteers for showing me around the farm and wish them the very best for the future.”