Following our little trip to Mudchute Farm on the Isle of Dogs, we thought we’d locate some of our great capitals other urban farms. We’ll take a look at the distribution of our most loved spots – spoiler alert: South London’s been given the raw deal!…
Kentish Town City Farm
Situated just two stops North of London Zoo, Kentish Town City Farm can still very much be called a Central London day out. With stops on the Thameslink, the area is very well connected in an area that is rapidly gentrifying
Hackney City Farm
We glide eastwards now to the lovely area of Haggerston in Hackney. Hackney is one of London’s less affluent central London boroughs, so the protection of free days out like the one this small farm provide are essential. Again, well-connected, Hackney City Farm is surrounded by some lovely cafes and places to buy fresh London produce.
Spitalfields City Farm
A few blocks South of Hackney City Farm, the borough boasts a second Urban Farm – Spitalfields. This is one of London’s longest-running farms and is close to the famous Spitalfields Market
Stepney City Farm
Yet another Northern farm is the Stepney City Farm. Education is the focus of this farm, providing a learning experience to many of Tower Hamlets’ young population. Tower Hamlets is another of London’s more deprived central London boroughs, so this farm has become a pillar of the community in the area.
Mudchute Park and Farm
Our old friend, Mudchute. Arguably our favorite Urban Farm here at the #UrbanFarmer. We’ve spoke about Mudchute at length, but safe to say, this farm and the surrounding park have come to be a crucial community pitstop from families on the Isle of Dogs
Surrey Docks Farm
A relatively new Urban Farm in the shadow of Canary Wharf – this slightly upmarket farm (if there ever was one) offers so suitably metropolitan experiences, including yoga, a monthly farmer’s market, and even a blacksmith’s forge – all alongside some rather charming cows.
Vauxhall City Farm
We head South of the river!… but not too far. A short walk from the Palace of Westminster lies Vauxhall City Farm. Though this farm may be compact, and mostly dedicated to allotments, it recent won the “Commitment to the Community” award, showing just how important these endeavours are for the surrounding area.
Hounslow Urban Farm
Now for the Black Sheep of the list – Hounslow! When visiting this gigantic farm, expect to hear the constant rumble of aeroplanes as it lies under the flightpath of airport behemouth, Heathrow. But this illustrates just the point we want to make here at the Urban Farmer – there’s no such thing as an unsuitable place for a farm or open space! Even next to the World’s third-biggest airport!
So what can we deduce from this list? With only two of these great days out South of the river (and even then, so central they’re not worthy of “Southern” status), it begs the question: Why does the North have it so good?!
There have been drives in recent years for more dynamic open spaces in Central London for the public (indeed, all these farms offer free entry), but with central North London boroughs boasting some great Urban Farms, maybe it’s time the South gets a little more TLC!