Funding for London farm expansion after land returned by Crossrail

A working farm in Tower Hamlets providing a wide range of educational programmes has received funding to manage its expansion back onto land that was temporarily occupied for Crossrail works.

City Bridge Trust, the City of London Corporation’s charitable funder, has awarded £45,600 to Stepney City Farm to help pay for staffing salaries to provide strategic leadership over the period of expansion.

The three-acre working farm is one of a network of projects across the capital engaging people from an inner-city environment by teaching them farming and rural crafts.

Alison Gowman, Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s City Bridge Trust Committee, commented:

“It is very encouraging that this worthwhile project will be expanded when it regains land from Crossrail. As well as enabling it to grow more produce, its educational programmes will be able to engage more people with the farm and environmental projects.

“This farm provides an opportunity for Londoners to take a step away from urban city life, step into nature for a short while, and learn some interesting new skills.

“City Bridge Trust is committed to making London a fairer place to work and live in.”

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