No coop solution possible for Co-op Group farm

The plan to prepare a cooperative bid to purchase one of the Co-operative Group’s farms, the Tillington apple farm in Herefordshire, has unfortunately not proved possible to progress. You’ll find the statement which went up on Monday this week from the group involved here: As they say, “We thought there was a realistic chance of being accepted by the Co-op as a bona fide bidder but unfortunately the short timescales, the difficulties of getting full and timely information from Co-op Group, and the complexities of the business meant that any bid would have been symbolic rather than the realistic proposition that we were fundraising for.”

Nevertheless Pete Riley, Martin Large and Mark Walton deserve congratulating for the work they have put in on this initiative. As they say, “There were several positive outcomes from this campaign which should enable us to be better prepared next time there is an opportunity to buy farm land for community benefit.”


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