London’s community farms and gardens offer a welcome retreat in the heart of the city and a break from the urban grind. It may surprise some people how many centres operate within London, behind high-rise buildings and away from busy roads.
Offering ways to improve the local environment, encourage wildlife and even learn new skills London city farms have much to offer. Take the opportunity to grab a pocket of fresh air and a get some exercise with activities such as gardening and animal care. Pop in as a visitor or get more involved as a volunteer. Some places also offer training courses with recognised qualifications.
The Federation of City Farms & Community Gardens (FCFCG) hold a City Harvest Festival each September, while cyclists can try a circular route taking in eight of London’s city farms. For more information go to www.farmgarden.org.uk / 020 7485 5001. To find a city farm in your area go to https://www.farmgarden.org.uk/your-area
City farms can be found in every corner of London, including the following;
Kentish Town City Farm, NW5 4BN
The first ever city farm features livestock, a riding school, wildlife area, gardening space & orchard. Open daily 9am-5pm – 020 79165241
Hackney City Farm, E2
A popular farm with a range of farmyard animals, organic gardens, pottery and award winning café. Open Tues-Sun 10am – 4.30pm (plus bank holidays) www.hackneycityfarm.co.uk
Vauxhall City Farm, Lambeth SE11 5HS
The 1.5 acre farm is home to 80 animals, from poultry to ponies, and features a community vegetable garden, arts & craft activities, picnic & ecology areas.
Open Wed – Sun 10am – 4pm. www.vauxhallcityfarm.org
Stepney City Farm – Tower Hamlets, E1 3DG
A working farm offering a chance to meet the animals, rural arts centre and community meeting place in the East End. Open Tues-Sun 10am – 4pm. www.stepneycityfarm.org