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Published February 7th 2019
Urban green space, petting zoo, and community charity
Stonebridge City Farm is located in a residential area just outside of Nottingham City Centre. Currently, the space contains farmyard animals, gardens, an educational centre, cafe, playground, and boarding house for pets. It is a good place to bring young children who will enjoy engaging with friendly animals and playing on the playground. It's also a nice break for parents to enjoy 'a slice of the country in the heart of the city.'
The animals at the farm are rescued and when possible the farm attempts to find new homes for them. Currently, the large animal fields contain 3 cows, 2 ponies, 2 pigs, 8 sheep, and 5 goats. The aviary and barn hold many small animals, including poultry, birds, rats, terrapins, tortoises, guinea pigs, and rabbits.
The farm incubates eggs throughout the year and visitors can watch chicks or ducklings hatch. This is also done with the participation of local primary schools who may incubate their own eggs. Along with egg incubation and hatching, other seasonal activities include animal births, lamb feeding, sheep shearing and naming new arrivals (births and rescues).
The education centre located within the grounds provides structured visits for school children from across Nottinghamshire to learn about farm life and the environment. The farm also supports local colleges by providing practical experience for students studying animal management and horticulture.
The cafe serves produce, honey, and eggs produced on the farm (or from local farmers), along with vegetarian, vegan, allergen-free, and child-friendly meals. Babies under age one eat for free. As a non-profit organisation committed to supporting the local community, Fareshare meals are also on offer. Fareshare helps to feed thousands of vulnerable people by redistributing surplus food to charities and community groups.
The farm caters to an inner-city environment and has never charged an admission fee in order to enable everyone to visit regardless of circumstance. As a community charity, the farm is not only engaged with educational opportunities for local families and schools, but also provides volunteer and work experience for people with learning or other disabilities. In addition to these opportunities, the farm runs therapeutic workshops to increase community spirit and reduce social isolation.
The farm itself is an amiable space, easily traversed, even with young children, with friendly, well-cared for animals. Beyond the provision of a bit of countryside in the city, the farm aims to foster community cohesion and provide educational and training opportunities for those who may benefit most from structured programmes.