Tower Hamlets, London: Spitalfields City Farm

Colour photograph looking out from the farm, with growing vegetables in the foreground, through a fence carrying the farm’s name in coloured lettering, to the city beyond.
  Spitalfields City Farm - a green harbour overlooked by the City of London. "Spitalfields City Farm" by wirewiper is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

When

Founded in 1978

Where

Spitalfields, Tower Hamlets, London

Founded when a group of volunteers converted a former railway goods depot into allotments, Spitalfields City Farm is situated next to London’s financial centre, the City of London.

Created in response to locals’ demand for allotments – having lost theirs to developers – the farm now features gardens and a range of animals. Volunteers work closely with the local community to provide access to nature in one of London’s poorest and most densely populated areas.

Children come to understand, appreciate and care for the natural world through exposure, self-directed play and exploration with adults who communicate its wonder and significance.

Committee on the Rights of the Child General comment No. 17 (2013) on the right of the child to rest, leisure, play, recreational activities, cultural life and the arts (art.31)

The organisation promotes the benefits of healthy and sustainable lifestyles: for example, the sustainable management of natural ecosystems for the benefit of wildlife and as an educational and recreational resource. Crucially it provides children and young people with a ‘safe, stimulating and inclusive space in which to play and to connect with nature.’

Colour photograph looking out from the farm, with growing vegetables in the foreground, through a fence carrying the farm’s name in coloured lettering, to the city beyond.
Spitalfields City Farm – a green harbour overlooked by the City of London.
“Spitalfields City Farm” by wirewiper is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

A unique outdoor classroom offering an invaluable teaching resource for all ages and abilities.

SPITALFIELDS CITY FARM

Well-known for its annual Goat Race – said to rival the University Boat Race – the farm also hosts the Coriander Club, a gardening and cookery club for Bengali women, founded by Lutfun Hussain in 1999.

Volunteers help with gardening and maintenance and corporate organisations based in the City are encouraged to get involved with the community they operate in by taking part in team challenges. These corporate events are mutually beneficial and in 2017 had provided over 6,000 hours of assistance to the farm.

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