Stepney urban farm handed £45,000 to reoccupy former Crossrail site

Stepney City farm residents pig out. Picture: David Mirzoeff

Stepney City farm residents pig out. Picture: David Mirzoeff - Credit: Archant

A working farm in Stepney has been handed more than £45,000 to expand back onto land temporarily occupied for the Crossrail project.

Stepney City Farm received £46,500 from the City of London Corporation’s charitable arm, City Bridge Trust.

The funds will help the farm in Stepney Way turn their extra acre into an urban idyll.

“This will be an exciting and busy juncture in the history of the farm, as staff and volunteers work to expand the food growing programme, introduce new animals, ensure the preservation of significant archaeological features on the site, fundraise for a new Visitor Information Centre, and plan for our long-term sustainability,” said chief executive Clare Hawkins.

More than 4,000 school pupils visit the farm each year to learn about the environment, nature, and how our food moves from farm to fork.

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It offers Londoners a chance to “step away from city life”, added the City Bridge Trust Committee chairwoman, Alison Gowman.

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