Nottingham

Nottingham's Stonebridge City Farm appeals for funds

A charity which runs an inner-city farm in Nottingham has said it faces closure unless new investors are found.

Stonebridge City Farm, in St Ann's, which was set up in the late 1970s, works with children, vulnerable people and adults with mental health issues.

Stephen Gee, education officer at the farm, said it was struggling after losing a recent bid for lottery funds.

He has appealed for help from local businesses to keep the farm, which is free to visitors, open.

Mr Gee said the farm did receive financial support from the city council but it needed additional funding to continue.

"In common with a lot of voluntary sector organisations and similar small charities, we're looking at our finances and growing increasingly worried because of the lack of funding.

"Funding streams have dried up and cuts in both local and national government have meant the income that we've seen in the past has been disappearing and the queue at the other funding bodies' doors is getting longer and longer.

"We seem to be further and further back day by day."

The farm is not permitted to charge people to visit the site because of the terms of its lease from the city council.

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