All about your farm.
Surrey Docks Farm is a working city farm in the heart of London. It occupies a 2.2 acre site on the south bank of the river Thames in Rotherhithe.
The farm works with local communities and the people of Southwark to provide many unique opportunities for people to learn about farming and food production, and to be actively involved in the ongoing work of the farm.
Animals reared on the farm include a herd of goats, sheep, cattle, pigs, ducks, geese, chickens, turkeys, bees and donkeys. The herds, flocks and swarms are farmed with specific attention to animal welfare.
There are a variety of green and horticultural about Surrey Docks Farm areas such as the orchard, herb garden, dye garden, vegetable plots, and the wild area. Fresh food and produce are on sale to the public.
Other facilities include an open animal yard, bee room, “café Frizzante”, working blacksmith’s forge and adult education rooms. We have a fully equipped classroom used by schools from across London.
Surrey Docks Farm is a unique environment, used by a wide cross section of the community, making it an ideal setting for educational and environmental activities throughout the year.
The farm is managed by the Surrey Docks Farm Provident Society Ltd, a tax exempt charitable organisation registered with the Financial Services Authority, and with HM Revenue & Customs (registration number 22829R).
Current patrons of the Society include the Bishop of Southwark and Simon Hughes MP. The Society particularly encourages membership applications from local people to ensure that they are at the forefront of what is essentially a local community project. Committee members of the Provident Society are elected at the Annual General Meeting.
History of the Farm
The Farm was first established in 1975 on a 1.5 acre site of derelict dockland between the entrance to Greenland Dock and the River Thames. Its initial purpose was to try and raise livestock and produce food from what was regarded as wasteland.
In April 1980 the Farm registered as a Provident Society.
In June 1986 the farm was re-located to its present site, a new 2.2 acre site on the river Thames at South Wharf. This historic site has been the subject of a Heritage Lottery Fund project to explore its eventful history – see the full details on the History Trail page.
Surrey Docks Farm Provident Society Limited is a community benefit society registered under the Co-operatives and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014, number 2282R.
Recognised as charitable by HM Revenue & Customs number XN54265