St Werburghs City Farm is an inner-city oasis. Situated in the Bristol ward of Ashley next to 4 other wards which fall within the 10% most disadvantaged in the UK. The Farm has developed since 1980 to meet local needs on the derelict land pictured above.
Our vision is to inspire and educate happy, healthy communities through green spaces, local food and each other.
Many of the neighbourhoods that surround the Farm fall within the 10% most disadvantaged areas in the UK. Child poverty is a particular problem with more than half of children living in income-deprived households in 3 areas within walking distance to the Farm. The disadvantages experienced by people in these areas include: unemployment and low household income; low attainment in education/training; poor living environments; increased exposure to alcohol dependence, drugs misuse and crime; in foster care or at risk of going into care; caring for a family member; and lack of access to safe, green space. At the same time, Bristol's population is growing 1.5 times the national average which means more people are squeezed into the same space, especially in the Inner City are where the Farm is located.
Using a 2 acre small holding, a 1 acre community garden, a 2.5 conservation site and 13 acres of community allotments, our mission is to offer targeted community services that equip people with knowledge, skills and confidence, and provide green sites accessible to all.
Our aims are to...
With more that 55,000 people using the Farm each year, we are a vital community resource freely accessible to all.