Higher Newham Fete

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A family-friendly fete celebrating food, farming and community is being planned for Higher Newham, where a national exemplar project for Truro is being proposed.

The partnership behind Higher Newham Farm & Village will be hosting the Higher Newham Fete on Sunday September 7, which promises to bring all the traditional aspects of a community event to the site off Morlaix Avenue.

The day will offer food, drink, relaxed music, family entertainment and traditional stalls like crockery smash, coconut shy and welly wanging.

The partners behind proposals for Higher Newham – Cornwall Food Foundation, Duchy College and Living Villages – are due to submit plans later this month for an education based community farm, charity run restaurant and cook school, plus 155 homes, of which at least 30% will be designated affordable.

A core part of the plans also involves gifting 80% of the 92-acre site to a charitable trust, to be protected from any future development in perpetuity. Higher Newham will therefore be opened up for people to walk and enjoy the green space via a network of footpaths.

Matthew Thomson, chief executive of Cornwall Food Foundation, said: “Part of our proposals are that 80% of the land will be gifted to the community, so we wanted to demonstrate that offering with a fantastic event that encourages people to come up on the site and see for themselves what we want to achieve.”

The event, which is free to attend, will run from 11am to 4pm with a park and ride service running from Garras Wharf. Pre-booking is essential. To secure a ticket, click here.