Let's buildWest London Farm
Why does West London need a farm?
“One in ten secondary school children think that tomatoes grow underground, while a third of five-to-eight-year-olds thought that bread and pasta are made from meat.”
“…almost a third of primary school pupils thought that cheese came from plants and almost one in five under 11s thought that chicken was the main ingredient in fish fingers.”
The British Nutrition Foundation, after surveying 27,500 children across the UK
“For more than 30 years city farms have provided enjoyment for more than 500,000 Londoners a year. They have provided the only opportunity for inner city children to make the connections between basic facts such as milk comes from cows.”
The Mayor of London summing up the value of city farms
- Provide productive, creative, safe, high quality open spaces
- Offer opportunities for people to learn new skills and abilities, either informally or on formal accredited training courses
- Provide training places for adults with learning disabilities
- Add to the economic wealth of the area in which they are situated
- Employ the full-time staff and volunteers from the local area
- Improve physical and mental health in their communities
- Provide a valuable tool for bringing people together of different abilities, ages, cultures
- Aid in community cohesion and community development
- Produce fresh food
- Allow many communities contact with real live food (both animals and plants)
What makes West London Farm different?
The West London Farm aims to offer visitors an educational and enjoyable day out. Whilst one well known London farm competitor had 40,000 visitors in 2012, the average length of each visit was under one hour. In order to attract visitors and encourage them to spend at least half a day at The West London Farm, there are going to be features that are different from its competitors. We’ve listed just a few below:
- Different view points so that animals are visible to children and adults with the former being able to enjoy animals at their own eye level (removal of solid door panels and fencing at children’s eye level)
- Tunnels being built underground so that visitors can come up in the middle of a field thereby getting closer to animals eg. having a glass dome in the middle of the pig troughs so that visitors can watch them eating
- Keeping animals in unconventional places to create interest, eg. allowing goats to graze on the grass roofs or climb a goat tower and having sloping walkways for the geese so that they can access the roofs
- Our very low entrance fees – £3.50 per adult & £2.00 per child. Unlike our competitors this makes us very socially inclusive and encourages repeat visits
- A combination of roofs that are solar panels and living roofs that are planted with grass, wild flowers and sedums
- Creating insulation throughout buildings by having strawbale walls. There will be transparent windows at intervals so that visitors can understand the construction
- Introduction of transparent doors/perspex openings into animals’ living areas so that they are still visible to visitors even if the weather is poor or the animals are sleeping
- Having elevated ponds that are connected by transparent aqueducts so that visitors can watch ducks and geese swimming from underneath as well as on the surface
Find out more
Our Business Plan
All of the information you’ll need, including all of our USPs & Financial information are on our complete West London Farm Business Plan, please click below to view or download.
For more information please contact:
A: 659 Fulham Road, London, SW6 5PY
T: 020 7731 7582
M: 07765 252 267
Relief of those in need, by reason of youth, age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage
“I felt institutionalised after spending many months in hospital. I was at rock bottom, then I started working at my local farm.
It gave me purpose, I no longer dreaded waking up and the sheer physical activity felt good. I learned to laugh again and I have hope. At the farm I was part of something not defined in mental health terms. I was a gardener.”
Some months after she started at her local farm Trish left hospital and moved into her own flat and has since found a job
There will be a specific drive to offer employment opportunities to West London residents who are disabled and first time offenders who are being re-integrated into the community.
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