30 businesses supporting city centre farm project

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 17 Jul 2017

HULL city centre might not seem the most obvious place to rear livestock and grow asparagus, but that could soon be a reality,  thanks to a city farm project which has now gathered backing from 30 local businesses.

Rooted, which is described as  Hull’s “farm in a box” project,  is currently transforming derelict land in St Peter’s Street into a community space where people will be able to learn about food, agriculture and the environment by witnessing first-hand the journey from field to fork.

Adrian Fisher, co-director of Rooted, spent decades working in the farming industry before transferring his skills to urban settings.

He said: “Rooted is based on innovative design and thinking  and we are passionate about helping people to reach their potential. 

“Our ultimate aim is to connect people back to their food and improve their health and wellbeing, while also encouraging enterprise to all elements of society.

“We now have 30 Hull businesses who are supporting us in some way, and also Hull College’s students, who have shown great commitment to the project.”

Two shipping containers for the project are currently being modified by Hull College students.

One of the containers will be used as a shop to sell fresh produce,  while the other is earmarked for  a café where residents will be able to buy affordable, healthy food.

HELPING HANDS: Above left, CFI Flooring staff with Rooted Co-director Adrian Fisher, centre.
Above right, CFI Flooring staff work on the new café container.

Several East Yorkshire firms have already been involved in the development and fitting out of the farm’s other containers, which will house food growing and processing facilities, conference space  and other on-site amenities. 

Hull construction firm Hobson & Porter helped get Rooted up and running by establishing contacts for the project, and has partnered with national building supplier Jewson to provide materials.

Other businesses involved include Bonus Electrical Boston Renewables, who will carry out the electrical fit-outs of the  containers, while CFI and Tarkett Ltd are providing materials for flooring.  

VIP Communications is providing internet access for the scheme, and Imperio Solutions is supplying LGP water heaters. 

A host of other businesses are involved  in the development of the scheme, which  is targeting completion in late summer. 

David Blades, Hobson & Porter’s business development director,  said: “We have been working closely with Jewson and other local businesses to help get this project off the ground and it’s great to see the stages coming together. 

“There has been input from Hull College’s construction department, and this has given the students some excellent work experience towards their education in the industry. 

“The project has benefits for all parties; it is great for the city and provides an opportunity for local businesses to get involved in a community initiative while working in unison with industry partners. 

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