Help Save London's Vineyard!

April 14, 2023

Help Save London's Vineyard!

Forty Hall Community Vineyard has suffered three years of bad harvests and is now at risk of closure if we don't yield a good crop this year.  We urgently need £85,000 of equipment and resources to manage the vineyard and protect our vines from disease. Most of all we need a tractor to reliably carry out essential disease prevention work and secure our long term sustainability.  Please donate today!  

Forty Hall Community Vineyard is a place of sanctuary and social connection for local people.  It is also London's only commercial scale vineyard since the Middle Ages, a unique heritage site in Enfield, North London. As a pioneering 'ecotherapy' project, the income from the sales of our award- winning, certified organic, wines is put back into maintaining our vineyard and delivering health and wellbeing activities for the benefit of our community.  

The vines are largely cared for by a dedicated group of over one hundred volunteers, who attend throughout the year. we also welcome the wider community in for events and visits to enjoy the sanctuary of this unique green space in London.  

Since 2009, the vineyard has been thriving, but after three years of poor harvests (due to adverse weather conditions and devastating powdery mildew that we were unable to control with the equipment we currently have). 

Without urgent funding to improve our equipment and resources, there is a serious and very real risk of there being no harvest in 2023, meaning no more wine to sell - and the end of London's vineyard. 

We have managed our finances well enough to sustain the project through three disappointing harvests and a pandemic, but we cannot survive another year without monetary support. The biggest investment required is for a reliable vineyard tractor ( £55,000), so that we can spray (organically) exactly when we need to, and prevent the spread of disease.  We have already raised the funds for a sprayer, but we also need to pay for more supervision of the vineyard, to support the hard work of the volunteers. This will give us the best chance for a healthier yield of grapes that will produce wine for us to sell and secure the future of London's pioneering vineyard. For more information about us you can read our full fundraising document here.

For donations of £100 or more, we'll be inviting you to a special event in the vineyard to raise a glass of our wine and say a big thank you. And for donations of over £500 we'll place you or your company's name on a board in the vineyard as a sponsor of our project. We hope to see you there, with our tractor.   

https://localgiving.org/appeal/tractorfund/

To learn more about our project and fundraising needs please click here

For corporate support - please email emma@fortyhallvineyard.com  if you'd like to help us as part of your CSR mission. 





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