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Stonebridge City Farm, Nottingham

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4.3/5 based on 110 reviews on the web
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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  • Stonebridge city farm is a community project that is free to visit (donation requested) and offers a small selection of animals, lovely kitchen gardens, play area, small shop and a cafe offering a var...  read more »
  • Personally the main reason I like this farm and the main reason why I hope it stays around is that they employ young adults with autism and for me personally I think there should be more organisations...  read more »
  • It's free, suits a variety of ages, especially young children. You can take a short bus ride to there from the city centre and then it's only a 5 minute walk. There are a variety of animals there and ...  read more »
  • Marie you and the team never fail to amaze me with your dedication to the farm and all it brings to the community. Fantastic, well done., we'll bring a coach load next time. Regards Tim
  • Fabulous place to visit with my daughter, any time of year.
  • Really good afternoon out with the kids...
  • Great place for kids and adults alike. Plenty to while away several hours and all FREE!!!!
  • Lovely place, hidden gem being so close to town.
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