IF you have ever fancied owning a piece of history linked to the Archers, the world's longest running soap, now is your chance.

Stockwood Community Benefit Society (CBS), owners of Rush Farm in Stockwood, near Inkberrow, is giving county residents the chance to own a piece of history.

Rush Farm has a rich legacy, as the BBC Radio 4 series dates back to the farm in the early 1950s.

The Hillman family originally owned the 150 acre estate in the 1900s and Archers creator Godfrey Baseley is understood to have been a friend of the family.

It is believed early script meetings for the BBC Radio 4 drama were recorded at the farm house, while the first episodes, which aired in 1950, are thought to have been recorded on site.

The Stockwood Community Benefit Society now owns Rush Farm and it is the UK’s only 100 per cent community-owned farm.

Rush Farm is described as a productive farm, with renewable energy generated at the site.

It is also described as a natural haven for wildlife, supporting a variety of species including the rare brown hairstreak butterfly

The farm currently has around 300 investors, with one third of these from the local community.

Sebastian Parsons, Stockwood CBS chief executive, said: “Stockwood showcases that it is possible to have a thriving and sustainable farm business that enhances the wellbeing and security of the local community. We’re asking people to ethically invest in a project that will have decent returns and high social and environmental impacts.”

Shares are available at stockwoodcbs.org.