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About Stoke City Farm

City Farm is a farm charity based in Bucknall Park, Stoke-on-Trent. We aim to re-open the old farm that used to sit in the park and was a staple of the community for more than 30 years until it’s closure in 2011 due to budget cuts. The farm was an incredible source of education, volunteer experience and work placements for people with disabilities until the council closed it with the view to save £143,000 a year. Since then the farm has sadly been left abandoned, and we have had no use from it for over a decade as a community that once loved it.

 

Fortunately, thanks to the voluntary efforts of the City Farm Charity team, we have decided to give it out best shot at re-opening the once beloved farm. We have worked hard since 2018 putting together business plans, acquiring planning permissions, attending council meetings and discussing with the local community all in an effort to get the council to agree to let us take on the farm. In August of 2021, we finally got the green light! All of our hard work has paid off and we have been granted a lease for 20 years with a 5 year free period while we build ourselves up and begin to fund raise.

 

Now, in Winter of 2022, we are finalising some details and reports before we get the keys and can finally get started on the wonderful project. We have been recruiting volunteers for a few months and have had a wonderful out-pour of support from the local community. We couldn’t be happier with the result, and we cannot wait to get started and show you what we can do.

 

We aim to re-open the farm before 2024 to the public, offering a free to enter attraction that will surely beat the 90,000 visitors per year the farm had before it closed down.

Here are just a few of our goals as a farm to give back to the community in thanks for all their support:

  • Providing educational support for home schoolers as well as local primary, secondary, nursery, college and university educational facilities to come and experience farm life.

  • Providing a sensory garden for those with sensory needs as well as encouraging children's sensory development.

  • Holding events and fund raising activities for the local community to get involved in such as pumpkin carving, Christmas craft fairs, and Easter egg hunts.

  • Providing a hub for local arts and crafts, wood working activities, bees wax candle making classes, etc.

  • Being a top notch volunteers opportunity with potential of becoming a trustee, and proving references for volunteers as well as a volunteering certificate at the end of your stay or after a certain period of time.

  • A cafe where you can come and grab a slice of cake and a hot drink as you walk around the farm

  • The opportunity to interact with animals that you would have to travel out of the city to see, to show your children where eggs come from and how big a pig is in real life!

  • stories or photos of your own then please send them to us at cityfarm.stoke@gmail.com and they might feature on our social media and website!

 

Once again we want to say a huge thank you to the community for their generosity, support and encouragement. We couldn’t do it without you.

 

If you’d like to donate then please check out our donation page, if you would like to volunteer then please check out our volunteering opportunities. If you have any questions or comments then by all means please do send us an email or a message, and if you have any old photos or stories of the farm we would love to hear them!

 

Thank you,

 

The City Farm Team.

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Photo By Paul Cotterill

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How To Find Us

Train

If you are coming to visit us by train please either alight the train at Stoke-on-Trent Train.

From Stoke Station please catch any bus heading towards Hanley this includes the number 25, 21, 23 (operated by First buses) or the 9, 40, 43 (operated by D&G buses) then from Hanley catch either of the following. 5, 16, 32 or 32X ran by D&G buses (https://www.dgbus.co.uk) alighting at the NorthFleet Street bus stop. A Smart Day Bus ticket is recommended for your travel by bus.

you can find out train time's following the links below:-

https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/

(Please check before you travel with the current Railway strikes)

if you are travelling in a large group it may work out cheaper to travel between Stoke Station and Bucknall Park by taxi. please see below the multiple taxi operators in stoke on trent:-

Lucky Seven - 01782 333 333

Intercity Taxis - 01782 855 855

Magnum - 01782 819 819

Autocab - 01782 777 777

Roseville01782 631 234

Please Book your Taxi to Bucknall Park Car Park, the Westacre entrance is NOT for  use.

BUS

there are many ways to find us here at bucknall park weather it be by car, bus, train or even walking! 

we have a very frequent bus service which stops a 4 minute walk away from the farm entrance. from hanley you can catch either the number 5, 16, 32 or 32X ran by D&G buses (https://www.dgbus.co.uk) alighting at the North Fleet Street bus stop.

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