Freighliners City Farm is Islington’s only farm, perched on the corner of Paradise Park. It originated on the edges of Kings Cross station in 1973, where animals were housed in railway vehicles. That tradition has survived the move to the Highbury with at least one train coop. At this farm, the cages are left open for the hens and ducks to roam so it appears that they have more space and freedom than may have been the case back in the 70s!
After all, the no entry signs were for the people, not for the poultry!
The farm had a charm with the kind of slightly improvised but workable structures you’d expect of a charitable community project powered by donations and volunteer assistance.
One of the purposes of the farm is to familiarise city kids with agrarian animals. For many, it’s the first time they’ve seen livestock in real life. One child exclaimed “I don’t want him to eat me” the first time he saw a bull. He had no need to worry. The bull was particularly languid in the summer heat.
The farm focuses in particular on heritage breeds, with signs explaining the distinctive features of the residents.
See freightlinersfarm.org.uk for information about how to visit Freightliners City Farm and how to donate to keep it thriving.
Visited during Open Garden Squares Weekend 2017.
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