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Spitalfields City Farm Tower Hamlets

Summary

Spitalfields City Farm was set up by volunteers on a former railway goods depot in 1978. In 1980 the farm gained charitable status, and continues to be run by a voluntary management committee . Volunteers play an important part in the farm although public funding enabled staff to be employed. The farm keeps a selection of farm animals and has a number of community garden areas, including a grass road, wildlife garden, plant nursery and vegetable plots, and an active Volunteers Vegetable Garden known as the Coriander Club gardens.

Basic Details

Site location:
Buxton Street

Postcode:
E1 5AR ( Google Map)

Type of site:
Other

Date(s):
1978

Designer(s):

Listed structures:
None

Borough:
Tower Hamlets

Site ownership:
LB Tower Hamlets/Railtrack

Site management:
Spitalfields City Farm

Open to public?
Yes

Opening times:
Tues/Wed 10am-2pm; Thurs-Sun 10am-4pm
Has taken part in Open Garden Squares Weekend 5 times, most recently in 2016.

Special conditions:

Facilities:
Shop; Horta Café (Wed-Sun 10am-4.30pm)

Events:
Various events and activities, including volunteer gardening and educational projects. Has opened for OGSW

Public transport:
Rail/Tube: Liverpool Street (Central, Hammersmith & City). Tube: Whitechapel (District, Hammersmith & City). London Overground: Whitechapel, Shoreditch High Street. Bus: D3

The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/06/2015
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.spitalfieldscityfarm.org

Further Information

Grid ref:
TQ341821

Size in hectares:
0.526

Green Flag:
No

On EH National Register :
No

EH grade:
None

Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
No

Registered common or village green on Commons Registration Act 1965:
No

Protected under London Squares Preservation Act 1931:
No

Local Authority Data

The information below is taken from the relevant Local Authority's planning legislation, which was correct at the time of research but may have been amended in the interim. Please check with the Local Authority for latest planning information.

On Local List:
No

In Conservation Area:
Yes

Conservation Area name:
Fournier Street

Tree Preservation Order:
No

Nature Conservation Area:
No

Green Belt:
No

Metropolitan Open Land:
No

Special Policy Area:
No

Other LA designation:
None

Fuller information

In 1987, lack of revenue funding almost caused the closure of Spitalfields City Farm and the threat from development never goes away for what is the nearest community farm to the City's financial district. Strong local support have enabled the farm to develop and grow, and it offers a wide range of activities and opportunities to the local community and visiting groups. Among the farm animals are rare breeds, and the farm has published a book ' 'Rare Breeds in the City'.

Sources consulted:

See website www.spitalfieldscityfarm.org

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