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Group celebrates anniversary of work to create community room at historic farm and garden near Lichfield

A local organisation is celebrating the first anniversary of a project to transform a building into a community facility.

Project Pigsty during the renovation work
Project Pigsty during the renovation work

Woodhouse Farm and Garden CIC completed Project Pigsty, which involved converting a former piggery, last year.

The scheme is the latest work by the group over the past five years to breathe new life into the farm and 18th Century walled garden at the site.

The facility now produces fruit, vegetables and sells produce from the adjoining farm, including pork pies, preserves and pickles.

The community room after the renovation was completed
The community room after the renovation was completed

Annemarie and Andrew Stone, who live on the site, said they were thankful for the support they had received.

Annamarie said: “Projects like the community room are great for the
sustainability of the project but take a lot of extra work to complete.

“We were in an unfortunate position because we could only secure funding for half the cost of the project leaving a lot of the manual work to be done ourselves.

“Supporters of the project have been great with people helping to dig out footings, take down walls, paint new insulated walls and generally offer a helping hand when needed.”

Funding was secured for the project from Enovert Community Trust, HS2, We love Lichfield, South Staffordshire Community Energy, Whittington and Fisherwick Parish Council and the Whittington and Fisherwick Fund.

For more details about the group and the Woodhouse Farm and Garden, visit www.woodhousefarmandgardencic.org.uk.

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