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The Fight for Fordhall Farm Paperback – 17 Apr 2008


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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (17 April 2008)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0340951257
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340951255
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.3 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 753,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Erin Brockovich of the organic world. (Eve Magazine)

An extraordinary battle of modern times. (Weekend Daily Mail)

Deserves to be read ... A simple yet engaging human story. (Daily Mail)

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Ben and Charlotte Hollins run Fordhall Farm on the outskirts of Market Drayton.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. R. V. Murray on 3 Aug. 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is quite amazing. The story of the Fight to Save Fordhall Farm is told with an enthusiasm and a natural style which makes the reader feel that the authors are sharing their experiences on a personal level. The alternating chapters by Charlotte and Ben Hollins add to this feeling of involvement, and the interest continues throughout, which makes the book very hard to put down.

It is an inspiring story of courage, determination and hope, in the face of what seemed insuperable odds, and the triumph of the human spirit over adversity. One is left with a feeling of admiration for the success of the campaign, and the on-going progress at the farm and with the Fordhall Community Land Initiative. The farm has now been saved from the threat of development, and a 100-year tenancy agreement has been granted to Ben and Charlotte by the Initiative to give them security for the first time.

This book deserves to become a non-fiction best-seller, and is highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Reverend Peter Doodes on 27 Sept. 2007
Format: Hardcover
It has been a long while since I have found myself holding my breath as I read a book, but I found myself doing this many times while reading the story of the young brother and sister Ben and Charlotte Hollins and their right hand girl Sophie Hopkins.

I defy anyone who reads their story not to be moved by it. The total determination and dedication they have shown in order to save a way of life and to preserve and restore the unique setting created by their late Father, organic pioneer Arthur Hollins, should be an inspiration to all.

The book, with alternate chapters written by Ben and Charlotte, not only details their against-all-odds struggle to raise £8000,000 from scratch in order save Fordhall Farm from any development and preserve it for future generations, it also shows a complete and selfless community commitment and gives an insite into the fight for survival that the vast majority of today's farmers face. I would suggest that you invest in a hardback copy of this book, as you will be reading and re-reading it many times over.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Eccles on 25 Mar. 2009
Format: Paperback
This is a well written tale of a true life adventure, namely the saving of a family farm under threat by two young people. They had twelve months to raise £800,000 starting from a base of nil. Their tale describes their successes and their failures along the path, and shows cearly the power that comes from a small committed band of individuals. It is a very modern day "David versus Goliath" story, which, by the way, has a happy ending. I couldn't put the book down, and am still inspired several months later. Read this book and you too could do something wonderful!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Hourigan on 26 April 2009
Format: Paperback
I've just finished this book and am still not quite sure what to make of it. It's a great story but little detail of exactly why the farm was so worth fighting for really came through well (eg no details of what habitats, species etc no real detail of structure for the future of the farm). There are no images or maps of the farm so it's difficult to get a handle on what's at stake. That said the story of the process of saving the farm and the very personal and emotional dramas of Charlotte and Ben along the way make for a heart-warming read.
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I haven't read this , very tempted but I bought it as a gift for a small farming friend. I was impressed how quickly this arrived as an import. An inspiring story of love of the land.
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