St Ann’s Stories – Stonebridge City Farm

Stonebridge City Farm is one of St Ann’s best-loved attractions and the next in our series of St Ann’s Stories.

As you may know from their social media, Stonebridge City Farm is asking for financial support to help them look after the farm and animals, whilst they are closed because of coronavirus and have no income from visitor donations.

You can find out more and contribute via their JustGiving page and in the meantime, here’s the story they shared with us recently for our St Ann’s Stories newspaper.

New lambs

41 years & still going strong

‘A key question for charities is: “Are you still relevant today?” It would seem that the answer at Stonebridge City Farm is very much “Yes!”

Originally set up by local people for the benefit of local families and 41 years after the first lease was signed, Stonebridge City Farm is still a free to enter visitor centre that encourages inner city families to keep contact with the natural environment and farm life.

As well as welcoming over 40,000 visitors a year, the charity is also an education centre, working with many local schools and colleges, and a support centre to nearly 150 volunteers, two-thirds of whom have a learning disability or a mental health challenge.

The farm had a magnificent response to last year’s appeal for urgent funds, with over 1500 local people, schools, colleges, businesses and community groups donating, which would suggest it is as popular as ever.’

As Heather Slater, the farm’s Fundraising and Marketing Manager said, there aren’t many inner city areas with a farm on their doorstep and Stonebridge City Farm definitely offers something for everyone, with a wonderful range of large and small animals, beautiful gardens, a play area, café and shop.

In line with Government and NHS guidelines, Stonebridge City Farm is currently closed to visitors. In the meantime, please do whatever you can to help the farm through this challenging time. Your donation will help the farm care for its animals and also make sure this wonderful St Ann’s legend can re-open its doors once again and help many more children discover the wonders of nature for years to come.

Find out more and donate

Take a look at Stonebridge City Farm’s brand new website – including plenty of activities for families to enjoy at home.

About St Ann’s Stories
The Renewal Trust has worked in partnership with the well-known Nottingham writer, storyteller and performance poet, Panya Banjoko, and local Creative Engagement Curator, Bo Olawoye, to produce St Ann’s Stories – a one-off newspaper celebrating the strength, diversity and true spirit of this amazing community. Find out more

Got a St Ann’s story to share?
You can still share your stories and images or anything else about St Ann’s by emailing us and we’ll add them to our website. Anyone of any age is welcome to get involved including children, so why not get creative, celebrate St Ann’s and stay connected to your community online.

Many thanks and stay tuned!