It’s December…time to get a winter wreath for your front door and some cards with our animals looking festive, goats in Christmas hats, what’s not to love.
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 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. We do not charge entry but as a charity we gratefully accept donations. Sorry, no dogs can be brought onto the Farm or into the Cafe, except registered assistance dogs.
When it comes to ingredients, Café Manager Leona Williamson can think almost entirely in food yards. The city farm, providing salad, vegetables and meat, is a stones throw away from the café and local allotment holders are encouraged to trade surplus in return for something to eat or drink. When not local, food served at the 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.
What more is there to say – but come along and taste it for yourself. The café is open 6 days a week, 10am – 4pm Winter, and 10am – 5pm Summer (closed Tuesdays).
Despite our small size, we are a real working small holding open to visitors, which enables people growing up in city centres to learn about Farm animals and why we keep them, including:
• Pigs – We have two Gloucester Old Spot sows, which means that around November/early December each year, you can expect to find a litter of piglets exploring one of the pens.
• Sheep – We have a small flock of Jacob sheep which are an ancient breed of sheep. Many people know Jacobs for their high quality wool which is excellent for spinning and weaving. We know our Jacobs for their high-spirited and very cheeky personalities.
• Goats – We have a family of Anglo Nubian / Boer cross goats who have big appetites and even bigger characters
• Chickens – Our brood of hens include different breeds such as Light Sussex, Speckled, Rhode Island Red, Bluebells and a bantam or two. Ask in the Office to pick up the freshest free-range eggs to this part of the city.
• Ducks – Our noisy ducks include breeds such as Indian Runner, East Indian, Khaki Campbell and our Muscovy duck (who everyone mistakes as a goose).
• Rabbits – The rabbits are the one animal on the Farm that is not kept for smallholding purposes, but our visitors simply love them.
Playground and Gardens
Once you are here, you are free to explore the Farm site, the playground and the Community Garden. 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.
Just in case you hadn’t noticed.. It’s our winter fair this Sunday! Come and buy your local Christmas gifts and have a mulled wine around the fire. All the bar and BBQ profits going start back into the running of the farm.
Patches, our resident Gloucester Old Spot, sow delivered a small litter of piglets in the early hours on the 13th November. The 5 little ones are growing very quickly and already showing their personalities. Pop down and say hello…
The animals have told us that they want a few days off over the Christmas period to play with their presents – so we have decided to close the Farm on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Eve and New Years Day.
Looking for something different for your loved ones this Christmas? A gift that keeps on giving throughout the year…? Why not buy them a year’s Love Farm Membership!
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.
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St Werburghs City Farm, Watercress Road, Bristol BS2 9YJ. Telephone 0117 942 8241.