A FOOD co-operative has launched an appeal to fund "an amazing opportunity" after it signed a lease on ten acres of land on the outskirts of Penryn.

Falmouth Food Coop Kitchen have signed the lease on ten 'beautiful' acres just off Love Lane near St Gluvias Church, within walking distance of the town centre and have appealed for peoples' ideas, energy and support.

The group says it aims are to enable people to buy food from local farmers and suppliers and encourage the connection between people, food and community.

They say the project will transform this former arable field, on the edge of Penryn into a "beautiful abundant sanctuary" that will produce fresh local food for Penryn and Falmouth and offer a multitude of opportunities for community growing, cooking learning and activities around food.

Launching its Crowdfunder appeal on Facebook the group said: "We need funding to get started, but we also want your energy and input. Our first year will focus on community consultation and site planning.

"Initial ideas include growing a forest garden; creating a community market garden to provide nutritious food and educational opportunities; and working with the Falmouth Food Co-op Kitchen to set up a field kitchen, giving people cooking skills and supplying food to those most in need.

"Since March Falmouth Food Coop Kitchen (FFCK) has been providing food for people who need it most through the delivery of nutritious hot meals. Our vision is that the field will provide another link in the chain enabling people who receive food from the kitchen to come and be involved in the production of that food.

"We plan to set up a field kitchen at the site so that people can grow, cook, gather and eat together; increasing community togetherness and reducing social isolation."

They say they need funding to buy basic growing equipment (seeds, compost , hand tools), a storage shed, a field shelter for volunteers and a tractor to manage the field and ensure we keep on top those pesky docks

"Growing, cooking and eating together to heal the planet, this is our opportunity to transform this field for everyone to enjoy," they said.

The coop has launched a Crowdfunder appeal which you can donate to here crowdfunder.co.uk/love-land-field-project