The College Farm Trust purchased the Farm at the end of 2006 and their vision is to make College Farm a well recognised, consistently used and accessible educational and recreational resource for the people and local communities in the North London area.
The Trust own the freehold and the Ower family have a controlled agricultural tenancy, which they have held since 1976, during which time they developed the site into a rare breeds farm for the public to enjoy, resulting in an annual attendance of over 30,000. However, this was brought to an end during the foot and mouth period in 2001, but the Trust, with close cooperation of the family hope to revive those active and exciting days once again.
The Ower family run a successful shop on site which is North London’s largest equestrian and pet store and this will be kept entirely separate from the farm development.
The main buildings which are 125 years old are Grade II listed and the whole 10 acre site is a Conservation Area. Much repair is required and a large area of derelict buildings will have to be re-developed. It is hoped to obtain grants from various sources but in the mean time we are starting a local fund raising project. So please visit the fund raising section of the website for any up and coming events and for donations.
Initially we intend to bring the main forecourt and the south facing elevation up to standard, improve the Tea House & the Toilets, build new poultry pens and buy chickens, ducks, rabbits, sheep and goats, with the intention of opening this area to the public by summer 2009, for the children to enjoy during their summer holiday.
We hope you find the content of our new website interesting and helpful, we welcome any feedback, and please return regularly to keep up to date with any news and events.
– The College Farm Trust