Growing Newsome and Stirley Farm 2014 – a year in pictures

These pictures celebrate our past year of growing and sharing food together in Newsome – at our community allotment, at Stirley Farm and in lots of other places across our community. This year the Growing Newsome elves quietly celebrated our first five years of growing food together. We hope there will be many more. Thank you to everyone who has stuck with us since the beginning, everyone who has participated along the way, and those of you who may be our food growers of the future. Enjoy.


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Stirley Farm Open Day – Sunday 19th October 2014

Stall at Stirley Farm open day
Stirley Community Farm Open Day

Sunday 19th October 2014
11am to 3pm

Join us for this very popular annual open day. There will be games, crafts, stalls and more to keep all the family entertained. Come see how the farm is developing and taste some delicious home grown food.

You can pick up some locally grown goodies from the Growing Newsome stall in the Stirley vegetable garden, including jams and chutney – and see our veg beds.

Stalls and activities on the day include:

  • Local food producers
  • Highland games
  • Hog roast
  • Treboom Brewery selling their ‘Myricale’ brew, which raises money to support the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
  • Veg from the farm available to eat
  • Children’s craft activities
  • Local band to entertain!

The open day is a drop in event and free of charge.


Directions to Stirley Farm

The Stirley Farm Open Day will be in and around the farmyard, near the junction of Lady House Lane and Hall Bower Lane.

By Car:
There are no car parking facilities on site so we would recommend visitors wishing to drive to the event park at Castle Hill and walk down to the event. Follow signs to the event on the day.

By Public Transport:
The nearest train station is Berry Brow. The farm is a 10 minute walk from the station via public footpath. Follow signs to the event on the day.
Plan your journey

By Foot:
Stirley Farm is accessible via public footpaths by a number of routes. Signs will be in place on the day to direct visitors to the event.

Bat Walk – 25th September 2014


Photo credit: Kelly Colgan Azar for Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.

Bat Walk at Upper Park Wood
Thursday 25th September, 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Meet at Stirley Farm, off Hall Bower Lane, Huddersfield HD4 6TU

An evening wander through Upper Park Wood on the lookout for bat species.

Pack wellies and a torch!

Event charge: £5 for non-members, £3 for members.

Booking and pre-payment essential. Please phone 01904 659570 to book.

Organised by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.

Stirley Open Sunday – 7th Septebmer 2014

Stirley farm staff and volunteersStirley Open Sunday
Sunday 7th September
From 10am to 3pm
Stirley Community Farm,
off Hall Bower Lane

This September at Stirley Community Farm promises to be a memorable one, with progress on the farm renovations racing ahead and the first ever Beef Boxes on sale. Why not take a stroll up to the farm for this first in a series of family-friendly events?

This is a special Open Sunday at Stirley when the farm will be open for longer, and Growing Newsome will be special guests with our amazing seasonal preserves. There will also be a chance to taste the first Stirley Beef.


jam stallJoin us for family activities, a home-grown lunch, farm tours, delicious local produce on sale and a chance to sign up for your own Stirley Beef Box.

The event is free to browse, with donations welcome for activities and food (£1 to £5).

Organised by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.


Growing Together – Monday 23rd June 2014

planting veg bedsGrowing Together
Monday 23rd June 2014
2.15pm to 4pm
Stirley Farm, off Hall Bower Lane, Huddersfield HD4 6RP

Join us for our latest planting session in the veg beds at Stirley Farm.

If you enjoy growing your own food – or if you’d like to get started – you might like to come along to one of our friendly, informal get-togethers for local food growers.

This growing season we have adopted a corner of the vegetable garden at Stirley Farm in Hall Bower.
You’re very welcome to come along and join us there for a planting session. We’ll be planting some brassicas and sowing some seeds.


Stirley Farm Beef Box Launch & Beltain Celebration

Cows in a field on a sunny dayBeef Box Launch
& Beltain Celebration
At Stirley Community Farm
Sunday 4th May from 10am to 2pm

The herd of Beef Shorthorn cattle is steadily growing at the Yorkshire Willdife Trust’s Stirley Community Farm and this autumn they will have the first instalment of beef for sale. On Sunday 4th May 2014 there will be a ‘launch’ of the beef box scheme: 10kg of beef will be on offer to around 175 customers who sign up to the scheme. The launch event will provide details of how the Trust rear the cattle, how they are so important for wildlife conservation and how they can help the Farm become sustainable.

Visit the new Cre8 Barn for more info on the scheme, be the first to sign up for a beef box, meet the new calves and take a tour of the Farm buildings and fruit and veg garden. Kids’ activities will include model cow making, quizzes and games, and artists from Yorkshire Sculpture Park will be building a life-size cow sculpture to celebrate the spring festival of Beltain. Farm–grown food and refreshments will be served in the Cre8 Barn, and staff will be on hand to sign up new members to the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.

The Beef Launch and Beltain celebration is a drop–in event, free to browse, with a small charge for children’s activities. Food and drink prices range from £1 to £5. You can find out more on the YWT Stirley Facebook page

How to find Stirley Farm:
The Farm entrance is at the junction of Hall Bower Lane and Lady House Lane, HD9 6RP. Please note that parking is limited at the Farm, so please consider walking, public transport or using the car park at Castle Hill. There will be disabled parking spaces close to the Cre8 Barn.

If you can’t make it on the Beef Box Launch day and you are interested in a beef box, please email: or phone 01484 663069.

Beautiful Barn Owls

barn owl

Photo by: Elliott Neep –

Stirley Community Farm will be launching a new appeal for the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust at our March event. The numbers of barn owls have fallen dramatically in recent years. Much of this is due to loss of habitat for voles and shrews, farm building renovations and harsh winters.

Join us at the Seed Swap & Potato Day on Saturday 1st March 2014 with activities and games to discover how the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust manage the meadows at Stirley Farm, to provide an ideal hunting ground for barn owls.

Come and find out how you can help the survival of one of our favourite birds.

Growing Newsome and Stirley Farm 2013 – a year in pictures

These pictures celebrate our past year of growing and sharing food together in Newsome – at our community allotment, at Stirley Farm and in lots of other places across our community. Following our wet, wet, very wet 2012, we had a chilly start to 2013, with our allotment still deep in snow at the end of March. We thought that we’d never get going this year, but as per usual there was no stopping our hardy gardeners.

2013 was also a year of departures, with Rob, Claire and young Holly moving to Canada, and Lisa moving over to Leeds with Neil. We’ve had one or two arrivals as well though, and our community continues to grow…

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Christmas vegetables from Stirley Community Farm

veg grown at Stirley Farm

Fancy a locally grown Christmas lunch?

Come down to Stirley Community Farm on Saturday 21st December 2013 to pick up your bag of vegetables from this year’s bumper crop at Stirley, just in time for Christmas dinner!

With the help of a team of volunteers and members of Growing Newsome, the fruit and vegetable gardens at Stirley Community Farm provide local food year-round for community dinners and training and education events, with the ingredients being cooked up in the brand new teaching kitchen on site, which was funded by Veolia Environmental Trust Cre8 project fund.

The vegetables on offer this Christmas have been grown with wildlife in mind, using peat-free composts and fertilisers and no pesticides. Nectar-rich wildflowers have been grown around them, attracting the pollinators in.

On Saturday 21st December 2013 Yorkshire Wildlife Trust staff will be on hand in the newly renovated Cre8 Barn at Stirley Community Farm from 10am to 12noon, to hand out pre-ordered veg bags costing £5. Other Christmas gifts will also be on sale, including bird seed, Christmas cards and home grown preserves from Stirley and Growing Newsome.

If you can’t make it up to the farm on the day, you can also pick up your veg bag at Newsome crossroads (find us under the lych gate, junction of Newsome Road and Jackroyd Lane) at 12.30pm on the same day.

Please order your Christmas veg bag in advance
Veg bags are only available by pre-order. To purchase your bag containing parsnips, cabbage, celery, Jerusalem artichokes, onion, baby Brussels sprouts, kale and beetroot please ring 01484 663185.

Veg bags will not be available for purchase on the day, although you’re welcome to drop in at the farm on the morning to buy bird seed, cards and home grown preserves.


Wildlife gardening and growing – Tuesday 29th October 2013

wild about gardens week 25th to 31st October 2013Wildlife gardening and growing
Tuesday 29th October
From 1pm to 4pm

Join the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust for an afternoon of activities and advice on how we can feed ourselves as well as the wildlife in our gardens. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to show you how to plant a hedgerow bursting with berries and blossom. You can also find out how planting spring bulbs can brighten up your spring garden and feed the bees. Collect your free seeds to grow some super insect friendly herbs and flowers in your garden and veg patch.

Venue: Stirley Community Farm, Huddersfield.
Booking: Please call 01904 659570.


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