THE group hoping to buy back the solar farm at Watchfield has almost reached its £4m target.

With only nine days to go until the share offer closes Westmill Solar Co-operative has received almost 800 applications for membership, raising over £3.5m.

It looks set to break all records for the fastest money-raising initiative by a local community group for this level of investment.

To apply go to or call 01367 610 001. The share offer will close at midnight on July 31.