City Farm Review: Kentish Town City Farm

This blog post is part of a series about London’s City Farms


As it is the founder of London’s city’ farms, I was looking forward to visiting the Kentish Town City Farm, although I expected  a slight difficulty in finding the farm as Google Maps seemed to put the farm in someone’s back garden.

Fortunately, the farm is rather easier to locate in real life thanks to the huge sign by the main entrance. Entry is through a small closed door – just push to go in – and the main yard greets you with a large office/school room to one side and horse stables to the other.

Entrance

Some ducks and geese wander around the place, and a cow shed contains the obvious.

Heading further in, it becomes apparent that this farm occupies a thin strip of land next to a railway cutting – and although barred to humans, I expect that the steep slopes down to the railway appeal to the goats.

The back of the farm is given over to allotments and some pasture space at the back was unoccupied, although a sign suggested goats would normally be found there. A nice seated area is here as well, if you penetrate that deep into the farm.

Horse Stables

A bridge over the railway carries you to a much larger space on the other side of the railway tracks – which is home mainly to a horse riding school and some sheep, plus the mandatory city farm pig.

Obligatory Pig

Overall Impression

Actually, I was quite disappointed with the “granddaddy” of city farms as there really isn’t a great deal here. It is more a space for allotments and a horse riding school, with a few token animals.

Lots of warning signs about not eating, not touching and not stealing the manure or plants are scattered all around the place which give it a rather forbidding atmosphere. Not being allowed to stroke the goats or horses seems a bit restrictive.

No chance (that I saw) to buy any animal feed.

If you have young children and live in the area, then it is worth a visit to please the kids, but otherwise, there are other city farms nearby that will amply reward the effort in getting to them.

Opening Hours

Seven days a week 9am to 5pm.

Entry is free of charge.

Links

Farm website

More of my photos


A Belmont Children’s Farm
B Brooks Farm
C Kentish Town City Farm
D Freightliners City Farm
E Hackney City Farm
F Spitalfields City Farm
G Stepney City Farm
H Newham City Farm
I Surrey Docks Farm
J Mudchute Park and Farm
K Vauxhall City Farm
L Maryon Petting Zoo
M Hounslow Urban Farm
N Woodlands Farm Trust
O Crystal Palace Park Farm
P Deen City Farm and Riding School

 

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2 Comments

  1. Finn

    Hello. By the way, KTCITYFARM is not responsible for the warning signs, they were forced upon them by the HSE at risk of closure. HSE required that no members of public could stroke or touch the animals, that visitors could not feed the animals, and all the usual old toot.

    • IanVisits

      Then someone is telling fibs to them – as all the other city farms in London and quite a lot of real farms outside London allow visitors to touch the animals – indeed, it is positively encouraged.

      As to feeding the animals, quite a few farms sell animal feed specifically so that people can feed the animals.

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