We’re the new owners of the Bridge Farm site, and we’re the Ashley Vale Action Group – AVAG for short. AVAG was formed in 2000 by a group of residents in Ashley Vale in St Werburghs, Bristol, who were concerned about the development of a former scaffolding yard in their neighbourhood.
By bringing together a group of self-builders, AVAG bought the site and created an award-winning housing development there.
We are passionate about community-led, environmentally sustainable development and its potential to deliver low cost housing.
Having learnt much from that first project, we are now embarking on a second project at Bridge Farm, which lies about one mile away from The Yard.
AVAG purchased Bridge Farm in January 2018 with the aim of renovating the old farmhouse, converting the outbuildings, creating some new housing and managing the open space.
The purchase was financed in part from money raised through The Yard project, but mostly from crowdsourced loans from individuals who supported the aims of the project and were prepared to lend money at a low interest rate.