MP supports Mid Norfolk project as “beacon of rural renaissance”

Tucked away in the small Mid Norfolk village of West Lexham is an important project with the potential to be a “pioneering example of rural renaissance” Mid Norfolk MP George Freeman said today.

The West Lexham Project is a not for profit organisation that is renovating historic farm buildings into a residential education centre to provide courses in sustainability, low impact living and environmental awareness. The Project will shortly start running educational courses on topics ranging from cooking locally and in season to starting a community supported agriculture scheme. The Project reinvests the profits from the courses and other events to subsidise the village shop, village hall and a social centre for the local community. It is planned to convert largely vacant farm buildings into teaching areas, studios, workshops, accommodation, exhibition space and a shop, and a landscaped lake and 20 acres of land will be accessible to students.

Speaking after his visit to West Lexham, George Freeman, founder of The Norfolk Way project to promote rural enterprise in Mid Norfolk said:
“This is a pioneering example of the sort of local, entrepreneurial community project which can drive a Rural Renaissance in the heart of Mid Norfolk. West Lexham is completely in tune with Norfolk’s spirit of self-help, community and sustainability.

“At the heart of The Norfolk Way’s vision is a move towards a sustainable model of development based on jobs back in villages, smaller more dispersed ‘organic’ housing developments, and vibrant communities. Edmund Colville and his team at the project are helping that vision come to life.”

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