London is known for its iconic landmarks, bustling streets, and vibrant culture. However, in the heart of this cosmopolitan city lies a little gem that offers a break from the urban chaos – Mudchute Park and Farm. This 32-acre site is one of the largest city farms in Europe, which plays an important role for the residents of London.
Mudchute Park and Farm appeared from nowhere as we walked through an Asda car park. How strange, we thought. We’d just left one of the world’s largest financial centres in a sprawling urban jungle, and then there was a farm. A farm with real farm animals? In London? Correct! But before we met the animals, we were confronted with a massive gun. That’s because Mudchute helped to defend London and its docks against German bombing in the Second World War by housing a set of anti-aircraft guns. There were four concrete hard-standing gun sites, of which 3 are now enclosures for the pigs and other livestock.
So, without further ado, let’s explore the history, attractions, and activities that make Mudchute Park and Farm a must-visit destination in London.
Mudchute Park and Farm
Stacey grew up in Cornwall, and I (Joel) grew up in West Yorkshire, where we both had access to substantial green spaces, the great outdoors, farms and wildlife. We’d heard about these stories where city kids have never seen farm animals or even a tractor, but according to a 2018 study, it’s true – a quarter of inner city kids have never seen a cow.
This is where Mudchute Farm comes in and why similar places are so important. They offer people the chance to get up close and personal with animals, which helps them to appreciate the world around them or even that there is another world outside of their own.
How Did Mudchute Farm Begin?
The Mudchute Park & Farm was created by the Island community using a piece of abandoned land formed from the rubble of dredging Millwall Dock in the previous century. The area was a natural haven for wildlife and plant life for many years until it was targeted by the Greater London Council in 1974 for the construction of a high-rise estate. The local people, who had come to cherish the area, organised a public campaign against the plans and succeeded in protecting the land from development. The Mudchute became known as the “People’s Park”, and in 1977, the Mudchute Association was formed to preserve and develop the area.
The Association introduced farm animals and horses, and volunteers and corporate teams planted trees and plants to enhance the area’s beauty. The educational value of the park was also recognised, and local schools were encouraged to use the Mudchute as a natural learning environment. Over time, the Mudchute has developed into a respected provider of educational and recreational activities throughout London.
What’s at the Farm?
Loads of stuff is the short answer. Mudchute Park and Farm has something for everyone, whether you are a nature lover, animal enthusiast, or simply looking for a bit of peace from city life. You can explore the farm and park and get involved in some activities. You can even get involved a bit deeper if you fancy volunteering.
Mudchute Park and Farm is home to over 100 animals, including cows, sheep, pigs, goats, chickens, ducks and a few other animals. You can watch the animals grazing, feeding, and doing their thing in their fairly natural habitats, and you can even get amongst it and feed the animals yourself (with food bought on-site, of course!)
Mudchute Park and Farm is home to various farm animals, including cows, pigs, sheep, goats, horses, and donkeys. You can watch the animals grazing in the fields and even get up close and personal with some of them. The farm also offers a range of educational activities for children, including animal handling sessions and farm tours.
Mudchute Park is an attractive green space that allows you to relax and enjoy nature. The park features a variety of habitats, including woodlands, meadows, and wetlands, which provide homes for a range of wildlife, including birds, butterflies, and insects. You can stroll along the park’s footpaths or enjoy a picnic on the grassy fields.
Activities and Events
Mudchute Park and Farm hosts various events throughout the year, such as the annual summer fair, Halloween party, and Christmas market. These events are a great way to experience the park’s festive spirit and community vibe.
Planning your Visit to Mudchute Park and Farm
Mudchute Park and Farm is easily accessible by public transport. The nearest DLR station is Mudchute, just a few minutes walk away. The park is also well-served by several bus routes, including the D3, D7, and 135. For those who prefer to cycle, several cycle paths lead to the park, and plenty of bike parking is available. It’s recommended you don’t drive because there is no on-site parking. Below is the location and map to aid your directions to the farm.
🕙 Farm: Everyday 9am–5pm / Park: Everyday Dawn–Dusk
📞 020 7515 5901
Mudchute Park and Farm Location
Is Mudchute Farm free?
Yes, it’s 100% free! You can visit the park or the farm and not spend a single penny.
Is Mudchute Farm worth visiting?
Yes, it certainly is! Not only is it free, but it’s a unique attraction you wouldn’t expect to find in London and one that serves an essential purpose for those who can’t easily access green spaces with farm animals.
Are there any food and drink options available at Mudchute Park and Farm?
Yes, there is a cafe at the park that serves a variety of food and drink options, including sandwiches, salads, cakes, and hot beverages.
Can I bring my dog to the farm?
Yes, you can bring your dog to the farm. Remember to keep it under control at all times and clean up after it.
Mudchute Park and Farm
- Mudchute Park and Farm
- How Did Mudchute Farm Begin?
- What’s at the Farm?
- Planning your Visit to Mudchute Park and Farm
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