13928791538_13ec8d443c_zIt’s great to learn that, after a concerted social media campaign and months of detailed negotiations, Mayor Joe Anderson has reached agreement with Alt Valley Community Trust over a new partnership to take over Croxteth’s rare breeds farm.

It will see the Trust working with Myerscough College and nearby Larkins Farm to give it a viable future with a focus on education, training and agriculture.

The farm currently costs £200,000 a year to subsidise, and the council has been looking for the past year at how it can secure its future.

“I know how important Croxteth Hall and Country Park is to people – because it is hugely important to me as well – and I am absolutely committed to its future,” says Joe.

Larkins Farm and Alt Valley Community Trust have big plans – Phil Knibb, Executive Director at Alt Valley Community Trust, talks of making the farm sustainable as an education, agriculture and training centre.

If you’ve never been – and especially if you’ve got kids – you really should make an effort. The native and rare breeds in the park’s showpiece Victorian Home Farm include include handsome Shetland cattle, Manx Loaghtan and Hebridean sheep, and sturdy Saddleback and Large Black pigs. It’s great to hear that they’re not going to be cast out onto the streets of Croxteth anytime soon. Mind you, there’s a thought…

Croxteth Farm

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