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Freightliners Farm

Freightliners is a small farm located in the heart of Islington and is the only ‘city’ farm in London.    It’s purpose is to provide animal education and also provide recreation, and to promote animall welfare and quality of life.  Freightliners Farm was founded on wasteland behind Kings Cross station in London in 1973. Originally the animals were housed in railway goods vans, hence the name. The Farm moved to its present site in 1978 and new purpose built farm buildings were erected in 1988.  The farm is the only city farm in the UK with a non-slaughter policy.

There are also gardens including an ornamental garden and a kitchen garden.  The Farm also produces a wide range of fruit and vegetables for sale throughout the year from potatoes and onions to rhubarb.  The Farm has a wide variety of animals ranging from rare breed pigs and goats to new born lambs and chicks, many of which can be adopted through the Farms “Adopt an Animal” program.  There are 5 beehives, in the recently rebuilt apiary, producing honey that is for sale in the Farm shop, as well as beeswax which is made into candles and wonderful beeswax furniture polish. The farm is open Tues-Sun 10-4 ish, and the cafe is open Thursday – Sunday 10-4.  Various events happen throughout the year, including summer open air theatre.  See their website for more details: www.freightlinersfarm.org.uk

Located at: Sheringham Road & Lough Road, N7 8PF

Closest tubes: Highbury & Islington or Calendonian Road

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This entry was posted on July 20, 2012 by in Family Activities, Islington.
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