Sadly, after seven years, we’ve decided to close the Landshare website. Launched on Channel 4 in 2009, the website tapped into the big surge in interest in grow-your-own and a shortage of allotments. Since then more than 75,000 people have signed up to food campaigner Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s scheme, which was first unveiled on Channel 4 during River Cottage’s ‘Summer's Here’ series.
We’re extremely proud of our achievements, but we’re afraid it’s the end of the road. The website hasn’t been supported for some time and it was beginning to show. Unfortunately there’s nobody waiting in the wings to take over so we’ve arrived at this difficult decision. But it’s been a wonderful journey, and we’ve achieved some amazing things.
We closed the website on Thursday 25 February, but that doesn’t mean the concept of Landshare is over. It has inspired hundreds of similar schemes around the world, and that’s what we set out to achieve.
And your Facebook page will remain, so there’s still an opportunity to connect with growers and land owners.
The core team behind Landshare and River Cottage's other campaigns, such as Chicken Out and Hugh's Fish Fight, are currently working on Crowdfunder.co.uk, the fastest growing crowdfunding platform in the UK. Hundreds of new community projects are added daily, with thousands of exciting new ideas turned into reality each year. We recently supported Hugh’s War on Waste, helping people with innovative ideas around the problem. Check it out, and perhaps raise funds for your growing project.
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Bye for now, and thanks for your amazing support.