Stonebridge City Farm, Nottingham

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Stonebridge City Farm is a City Farm in St Ann's, Nottingham, United Kingdom. Although it is relatively small in size - the area of a school that was originally to have been built there - it has gardens, wild green space and farm animals.HistoryThe St. Anns area of Nottingham underwent a great deal of slum clearance starting in the 1960s and 1970s, making way for more modern council housing. Although much of the area was regenerated, a school that was planned for the site was cancelled and the land became derelict. Urban farms had started to crop up in the Netherlands, and in 1977 started to be discussed for this site. By 17 August 1978 a lease was signed, and a barn erected in May 1980.GardensThe Farm has a number of areas of cultivation, from orchards and greenhouses to more formal gardens and wild spaces. Fruit and vegetables grown there are used in the kitchens of the on-site café, or sold either in the shop or a stall on the nearby Sneinton Market. Bees are also kept, both as pollinators and to harvest their honey.The gardens have won a number of awards, such as the Civic Trust "Green Flag" award (national standard for parks) and the RHS/Nottingham in Bloom Gold Medal.AnimalsA number of animals of all sizes are kept. Although these change over time, rare breed pigs, cows, goats and sheep (and even Shetland ponies and donkeys) are usually to be seen in the paddocks around the farm. A large number of chickens, ducks, turkeys and geese are kept, partly for the eggs they provide. There are also smaller animals such as guinea pigs and rabbits (which may be handled by the public) and an aviary of exotic birds (which may not).The Farm is also surrounded by trees and shrubs, which attract a number of wild birds. Events such as the RSPB "Feed the Birds Day" are often staffed by members of the local RSPB group. There are also other wildlife events such as pond dipping held there.
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  • August 12, 2017
    Enjoyed a lovely visit today. Plenty of animals and birds and a great play area for little ones. Only downside was how many nettles there were everywhere but as you only have to make a donation to ent...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    Brilliant city farm to visit with young children. Excellent value, free of charge but please make a donation to keep this fantastic facility going. Children love the animals and birds, also small play...  more »
  • August 5, 2017
    A lovely place especially to take children . A heart of green in a the city and managed by great people with big hearts . City farm with animals , a little shop and cafe .  more »
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  • It costs very little to take young children here to see and feed animals, play on a park and have a little lunch in one visit. I love how they have people with special needs as their helpers, it gets them interacting with the public and they're amazing with kids. I'd highly recommend this place for people with young children. It's a fraction of the cost of another farm that is in a rural area and this one is easy to access by public transport.
  • Lovely place for kids. Just a donation to get in. lots of animals, sheep, goats, horses, rabbits and guinea-pigs. My kids love to visit as a treat when we have to take them shopping in Nottingham.
  • Amazing if you have children 2-10 years old. As it's small the younger kids don't find it over whelming also there's a park for them to let some every out.
  • Great place to go see some animals and learn a few things. Always worth a visit if you're in town, nice to see things growing and changing.
  • Excellent small & free place for families. Shop selling eggs, veg & plants too. Lovely gardeners and helpful staff.

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