St Werburghs City Farm is a green oasis in the heart of Bristol that connects people to food, the environment and the local community. We care and oversee four different sites within the local area including the Farm site with the award winning City Farm Cafe, the Community Garden on Mina Road, Boiling Wells – our 2.5 acre wildlife woodland and 13 acres of community allotments.
The Farm is open 7 days a week, all year round from 9am to 5pm in summer and 9am to 4pm in Winter. We do not charge entry but as a charity we gratefully accept donations.
When it comes to ingredients, Café Manager Leona Williamson can think almost entirely in food yards. The Farm, which provides salad, vegetables and meat, is a stones throw away and local allotment holders are encouraged to trade surplus in return for something to eat or drink. When not local, food served at the City Farm Café is organic, fair-trade or wild. On top of this, the hobbit-esque building is made from organically shaped, gnarly wood, and is situated next to the adventure playground for free-range fun.
The café is open 6 days a week, 10am – 4pm Winter, and 10am – 5pm Summer (closed Tuesdays). For any enquiries, please call them directly on 0117 9080798
St Werburghs City Farm is a small holding open to visitors, which enables people growing up in city centres to learn about Farm animals and why we keep them. Our animals include: two Gloucester Old Spot sows and often piglets around December/January; a small flock of Jacob sheep and lambs in spring; a few friendly by mischievous goats; a clutch of chickens; a flock of ducks and a few rabbits.
Ask in the office for a Farmyard Trail booklet to make sure you get the most out of your visit.
Playground and Gardens
The adventure playground is situated next to the City Farm Cafe, in front of the larch decking. The site is hidden by mature trees, but once you enter, you will find a series of small playful spaces linked by sandy paths and log steps. In warmer months, sand toys are available for the younger ones whereas older children can play on the climbing frame, firemans pole and cargo nets.
The Community Garden is a 1 acre site on the south side of the graffiti tunnel on Mina Road. The sloped site has a mix of raised beds with flowers, vegetables and soft fruit nestled amongst a boarder of trees. Wander up through the terraces, and you are guaranteed to find a sunny spot to watch the butterflies, birds and bees busy at work helping to pollinate the flowers.
Ashley Vale Allotments
Surrounding the Farm site is 13 acres of community allotments, which run along Gaunt Lane (the path which between the Farm and Ashley Hill) and across to Stoney Lane (path that runs between the Farm and Sefton Park Primary). Most of the 214 plots are situated on the sloped banks of Ashley Hill and with a diverse growing community, you’ll find more than just a common carrot in these fields. What is more, Ashley Vale Allotments forms part of a green lung which links the heart of Bristol with its northern outskirts creating a series of safe creature corridors, providing a home for wildlife, generating tonnes of local food for plot holders and of course, presents a wonderful view for all that pass its boundaries.
We are looking for a few trustees to represent our diverse community and join us as we enter an exciting period of development. Check out the poster and get in touch on 0117 9428241 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in finding out more…
Opportunities to help develop our four sites and support our services
Activities that connect people to food, nature and their community
Outdoor opportunities for young people living in the city centre
St Werburghs City Farm – an inner city oasis connecting people to food, nature and each other
The Farm site, adventure playground and community garden is open 7 days a week, all year round from 9am to 5pm in summer and 9am to 4pm in Winter. All sites are located in and around Ashley Vale, St Werburghs, Bristol.
If you are travelling on foot, or by bicycle, why not explore the allotment paths that surround us. That way, the fun can start before you even get here.
If travelling by car, you need to drive up to the top of Mina Road and take the first left after the graffiti tunnel onto Watercress Road. Don’t forget that Boiling Wells is a private road, therefore you need to park your car near the Farm site and walk down Boiling Wells Lane if that is your destination.Contact Us
St Werburghs City Farm is a green oasis in the heart of Bristol that connects people to their food, the environment and the local community. Our vision is to be a truly inspirational city-centre farm that supports an informed, healthy and cohesive community to live, learn and play in harmony with its environment. The Farm provides high-quality opportunities through education, training and play that engage people across Bristol, especially those that are socially and economically disadvantaged, equipping them with the skills, support and space to lead healthier, happier and more sustainable lifestyles.
The Farm develops a 3 year strategy and works to annual Operational Plans. These plans look back at previous years to assess our performance and highlight key themes across the organisation for the year ahead. Our current Operational Plan identifies some key drivers in the external world and provides headline objectives for each of the Farm’s main projects. It also identifies potential changes to the way we work and provides a summary of the financial resources we will use to achieve our goals. It is designed to be used as an overview and easy reference for the major plans SWCF has for the forthcoming year. Download our current and past plans…
St Werburghs City Farm has a number of policies and procedures which ensure we work to best practice. Links to all current policies can be found on this page.
University of Bristol Internship
Farm Summer Fair Volunteer and Communications Coordinator
From 1st April – 30th June 15 @ £6.50per hour. Approx 10 to 20 hrs a week (up to a total of 140 hours), depending on priorities. 40 hours to be allocated to the week on which the Farm Fair falls. Deadline for applications is 12 noon, 9th March 2015
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St Werburghs City Farm, Watercress Road, Bristol BS2 9YJ. Telephone 0117 942 8241.