Help out at Spitalfields City Farm – Youth Project

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Spitalfields City Farm was originally set up by volunteers in 1978 and we still rely on volunteers today to help maintain the farm and gardens, look after the animals and assist in delivering projects. In short, without volunteers there would be no farm. 


Young people between the ages of 13 to 18 are eligible to volunteer and help out on the farm. We have one session per week every Sunday. 

Simply register here

Or to find out more please contact 

Michelle Sinden
Volunteer Co-ordinator
020 7247 8762

Spitalfields City Farm is the nearest city farm to the square mile. Despite this, the farm is located in one of the most deprived and densely populated wards of Tower Hamlets (DOE 1996), although Spitalfields remains a vibrant and colourful multi-cultural area with strong community links.

Sited on a former railway goods depot, the farm was started in 1978 in response to local people’s wishes to convert wasteland into allotments, having lost theirs to developers. With a long tradition in the East End of backyard farming, it wasn’t long before chickens, rabbits and geese appeared on the scene!

As the farm gained momentum and status, it began to attract local borough funding and was able to begin employing staff and developing links with the wider community. In 1987, lack of revenue funding almost caused the farm to close. The farm has also been under regular threat from developers. Successive bids to various charitable trusts, companies and public funding bodies, as well a strong local support have enabled the farm to continue and grow. The farm gained charitable status in 1980 and has since developed into a project providing a wide range of activities and opportunities to the local community and visiting groups.



  • To give people the opportunity to become members of their community and encourage participation in the development of the farm.
  • To explore and promote the benefits of healthy and sustainable lifestyles.
  • To sustainably manage natural ecosystems for the benefit of local wildlife and as a resource for education and recreation.
  • To promote biodiversity and approaches which people can take to help improve environments for wildlife.
  • To provide children and young people with a safe, stimulating and inclusive space in which to play and to connect with nature.