The fire on Sunday has shocked us all - please click here to help x
A group of local residents alongside community health organisation Squash Nutrition, have spent the last 18 months planning Toxteth Food Central - a pioneering, community-led, sustainable food hub for the benefit of everyone in the L8 neighbourhood of Liverpool.
We were successful in gaining a Social Investment Business grant and started building in July - and the beautiful timber frame structure began to take shape on Windsor Street.
We got the steel roof (from Cardiff) on last week.....
But last Sunday 11th October, with only 8 weeks to completion, a fire raged through the structure and destroyed the building.
It was so incredibly shocking. The police are investigating what appears to be arson, not accident.
This is a setback for the whole neighbourhood. We are really sad but are determined to carry on and rebuild our community dream.
We are totally committed to completing our plans for a much needed and longed for community cafe, affordable fresh food shop, food garden and training kitchen - to open in early 2016. This will also provide training and volunteering opportunities, local apprenticeships and jobs.
Many people have asked if they can contribute financially â€“ so this is why we have set up Go Fund It page - here.
Whatever you can spare will be hugely appreciated by so many people.
We know we will need to find increased funds to keep the building project on track â€“ and donâ€™t yet know the full extent needed but these will include:
- Demolition/site clearance
- Additional security whilst we rebuild
- Legal costs
- Increased insurance premiums
- Planting fruit trees at the front of the site (scorched at front)
- New community information signs (melted in blaze)
We will be posting updates on facebook and twitter â€“ and please come along and meet us at our next community cafe at the
Grapes Community Food Garden, next door to Toxteth TV, Windsor Street 12-2pm on Friday 6th November.
Thanks for taking the time to read this and please help us spread the word by sharing this however you can.
We really, really appreciate it.
Lots of love from the Toxteth Food Central and Squash Nutrition team