(3) A CROWDFUNDING campaign to save a unique north Pembrokeshire community was launched yesterday (Saturday). Brithdir Mawr community was established in 1994 by Julian and Emma Orbach. For the past 15 years the community has rented the farm building and around 80 acres of pasture and woodland from Julian, who plans to sell it at the beginning of next year. At present ten adults and seven children live at Brithdir Mawr, living off-grid, farming according to organic principles and working towards sustainability. The community has been given first refusal but needs to raise £500,000 in order to buy Julian’s share of the farm. Yesterday the community’s crowdfunding campaign, with rewards including the opportunity to stay at the community, was launched as Brithdir Mawr opened its gates to the local community. The community hopes to buy the farm and then put the buildings and land in a trust "for the benefit of people and the planet". Residents are hoping to buy the land in staged payments. The first phase is via a crowdfunder of benevolent donations, which can be used as a down payment to secure more time to set up the trust. Next year they will then look to […]

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