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Spitalfields City Farm Tower Hamlets

Spitalfields City Farm

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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.
Previous / Other name:
Site location: Buxton Street
Postcode: E1 5AR
Type of site: Other 
Date(s): 1978
Listed structures:
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
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.

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
Grid ref: TQ341821
Size in hectares: 0.526
On EH National Register : No
EH grade :
Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
Registered common or village green
on Commons Registration Act 1965:
Protected under London Squares
Preservation Act 1931:
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:
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:

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