Cornwall Food Foundation joins Higher Newham Farm and Village project

PUBLISHED: 14:44 13 May 2014 | UPDATED: 14:44 13 May 2014

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A partnership proposing a revolutionary sustainable community in Truro has announced a new collaborator – the charity behind one of Cornwall biggest brands.

Cornwall Food Foundation, the charity which runs the award-winning Fifteen Cornwall at Watergate Bay, has joined the partnership behind Higher Newham Farm and Village, a project which aims to transform a 92 acre site into an exemplar village and community farm.

The Foundation hopes to open a restaurant onsite that will draw from produce grown and reared on the farm, demonstrating the journey from field to fork.

It will also offer a cook school and training kitchen for people of all ages and abilities to learn about preparing and sharing food.

The move to join the partnership, together with Duchy College and development company Living Villages, represents a key stage in the development of Cornwall Food Foundation, which has ambitions to open two new restaurants in the next five years.

The restaurant will not be part of the Fifteen family of restaurants created by Jamie Oliver and will operate under its own brand, with a name yet to be confirmed.

Matthew Thomson, chief executive of Cornwall Food Foundation, said: “Our mission is to inspire people to make positive changes in their lives through food, so this is a very exciting development in the future of our charity.

“We have been carefully researching the feasibility of a charity-run place to eat and learn at Higher Newham Farm and Village, and we are excited to announce that we will be joining the partnership.

“The project absolutely reinforces our ethos that food skills are life skills. We are joining the Higher Newham project to extend our education of people about food and to put food sustainability at the heart of this community.”.”

Trustees of Cornwall Food Foundation agreed to join the Higher Newham Farm and Village project at a meeting held on Thursday, 8 May.

Vicky Garner, project co-ordinator for Living Villages, said: “We are delighted that Cornwall Food Foundation has come on board with us on this innovative and ground-breaking project.

“Higher Newham Farm and Village represents a completely fresh way of developing communities that respect the natural environment and have sustainability at their core.

“The beauty of this project is the partnership between three like-minded organisations with a shared vision to create a vibrant village with food, farming and learning at its heart.”

Jeremy Ward, business and project development manager at Duchy College, added: “We are delighted that Cornwall Food Foundation are to become a part of this exciting project. Higher Newham Farm and Village will offer a genuine field to fork experience and will create an inspirational, land based learning environment, right on the edge of Truro.”

Proposals for Higher Newham Farm and Village will be on display as part of a public consultation pop-up shop event on Lemon Quay, Truro from 28 to 31 May. People can also engage in the consultation online at from Monday, May 12.

The plans are due to be submitted to Cornwall Council in mid to late June, with a planning decision during Autumn.

Subject to grant of planning permission, the Cornwall Food Foundation restaurant would be expected to open during 2017. Further details will be announced nearer the time.

The overall plans for Higher Newham Farm and Village comprise a collection of 155 homes plus 70 acres of green space gifted to the local community for the purposes of food and farming education.

A community farm and education hub will be managed by Duchy College.

The land gifted to the people of Truro will provide woods, orchards, allotments, fields and growing areas protected from future development forever, through its permanent transfer to a specially formed Community Trust.

It is the intention that the trust will provide legal guarantee that this 80% of the land at Higher Newham will never be built on and will be accessible to the public in perpetuity - including both the green slopes rising behind Newham Industrial Estate and the slopes on the southern side facing Calenick Creek and the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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