A friends group have formed in an effort to ensure their local farm land does not get converted into housing after Harrow Council's consultation revealed its intentions to do so.

Pinner Park Farm, in George V Avenue, Pinner, has been operating as a farm since the 16th century, however the council-owned land could be sold off after the authority shared two separate proposals to convert the land which would boot out the O'Hara family who have been running the business for the last 10 years.

Georgia Weston, Independent councillor for Headstone Lane who previously won in her fight to stop the Broadfields caravan site proposal, is a neighbour of the farm and has helped form the Friends of Pinner Park Farm group, supported by the O'Hara family who are tenants of the land and are desperate to stay.

 

Ms Weston told getwestlondon: "This is our farm, and we cannot let it be sold off for some fancy housing which will only benefit the few.

"The council are making a huge mistake here, and we are calling on everyone to come along to the farm and see how beautiful it is, and support the Friends of Pinner Park Farm in our effort to keep the land as a farm.

 

"We have been speaking to the farmers, and they really want to stay but they were not included in the consultation. They are really open-minded about getting local schools involved in the land, and seeing how it can also benefit the wider community."

The farm will be hosting an open day this Saturday to showcase itself to the wider public.

John O'Hara, 35, who runs the farm with his father Michael, said: "We really want people to know that we are here, running the farm and that is how we want it to stay."

The farmers recently celebrated one of their bulls, which was bred at the farm, winning first prize at the National Pedigree Aberdeen Angus Show.

Mr O'Hara added: "We feel that we need to show people our ideas and vision about what the future could hold for the farm."

The farm will be holding an open day at 10am this Saturday, with all welcome.

To join the Friends of Pinner Park Farm group, call 0740 579 7759 or email friendsofpinnerparkfarm@gmail.com.