Guernsey charity Caritas looks to buy a farmhouse

Guernsey's Caritas Community Charitable Trust has announced it is looking to buy a traditional farmhouse.

Its founder, the Reverend Richard Bellinger, said they had "seen lots of farmhouses we fancy but we haven't been in a position to take it any further".

"We want to have a residential community where our young people can... work on the land," Mr Bellinger said.

The trust, which works with the island's probation and prison services, would need £1.5m to £2.5m, he said.

Since it was founded in 2008, the charity has focussed on using its land in St Peter to produce vegetables for farmers' markets.

However Mr Bellinger said he wanted to take the project to "another level" in order to provide more opportunities for young people.

"Living in a farmhouse community, working on the land, will establish a sense of rhythm to their lives and help them to be re-integrated into the wider community," he said.