Kentish Town City Farm

Kentish Town City Farm

At a glance


  • Animals / wildlife
  • Children / families
  • Education
  • Mental health
  • Physical disabilities
  • Training / employment support
  • Young people

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Kentish Town City Farm is a community charity that helps people connect with animals, nature and the environment.

The Farm’s work is based on two theoretical models:

The first, called Eco-Therapy, suggests that by bringing people into closer contact with animals and green space in a facilitated, structured and safe way, they may gain therapeutic benefits, including increased wellbeing and enhanced resilience. Eco-Therapy works on the Five Ways of Wellbeing: Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give. (University of Essex, Ecominds Effects on Wellbeing, 2013)

The second, called Placemaking, proposes when local residents come together to build, enhance or care for space, they develop a stronger stake in their community, and commitment to making things better.  Places that are created this way themselves invite greater interaction between people and foster healthier, more social, and economically viable communities.

City Farms bring these two models together, leveraging the motivating power of animals and green space to promote wellness at the individual and community level.



Support the development of local children and young people aged 8-15 from the local estates

  • Young Urban Farmers:  A programme for disadvantaged young people from the local estates though which they learn care for farm animals and plants.
  • Holiday Play schemes: We offer a full-day holiday programme for disadvantaged young people from the local estates which includes farm activities, sports, farm & nature inspired arts & crafts, cooking and natural play.

Pony Club:  We offer weekly horse riding and care lessons for local disadvantaged CAYP during term time

Education about the environment, sustainable cultivation and ethical animal husbandry

  • School Tours:  We offer farm tours for school groups in which we teach children how food is produced, care and feeding of farm animals, types of plants and animals, the importance of conservation and protection of natural spaces
  • Work experience and student placements: We provide 2-week work placements for local students including those with disabilities and/or learning difficulties, in which they learn the basics of animal husbandry and horticulture.

Young Urban Farmers (see above)

Deliver farm based therapeutic interventions to people with special needs.

  • Therapeutic Horse Riding for People Disabilities:  Weekly riding for children and adults with physical disabilities including learning disability, autism, epilepsy, Down syndrome.
  • Farm therapy for People with Disabilities:  weekly sessions of animal care and farm yard tasks for people with special needs including learning disability, mental health challenges and autism


Provide free access to green, open space within a densely populated area, surrounded by local authority housing.


  • Open access to 5-acres that includes animal pastures, gardens and a wildlife pond & garden


  • Gardening programmes:  Volunteer led gardening includes a community garden for locals,  over 60’s allotments and an under 5’s weekly gardening drop in.

Provide a low cost programmes and activities for the public to enhance wellbeing  and resilience of local community

  • Under 5’s drop-ins:  We offer arts and play activities for local families with children under age 5
  • Low cost community activities on weekends and holidays: we offer free/low cost activities to local children including Pony rides, goat grooming and arts
  • Festivals: Our annual festivals include arts, crafts, play, food and animal activities

Friends of the Farm:  Volunteering opportunities with every aspect of our project for local people including those with special needs

Current opportunities

We are Kentish Town City Farm founded in 1972 as the UK's very first city farm. We'd love someone to help with our branding and design of material...