Started in 2007, the farm provides a learning resource for the school, local community groups and offers volunteering opportunities for local residents. Comprising of glasshouses, polytunnels and a series of beds, fruit and vegetables of all description are produced together with medicinal herbs, plants to attract wildlife, and edible flowers. The site is also home to rabbits, bees and chickens as well as a wildlife pond.
The acre of space in the centre of the White City Estate provides opportunities for local residents to do some hands on gardening and very successfully –the farm continues to win awards each year, including distinction in the RHS London in Bloom competition and in 2017 a show garden created for the Hampton Court Flower Show won a Gold Medal.
In addition to over 40 varieties of vegetable and herbs there is a community orchard, soft fruits and wildlife area. The annual harvest festival attracts over 500 people who are able to see a demonstration of apple pressing, try lots of farm related activities and pumpkin soup, chutney and apple cake all home grown. We now also run a ‘Spring on the Farm’ event in May. The Farm is used by pupils from local schools for lessons across the curriculum and some classes have dedicated beds. The project also acts as a hub for other local primary schools that visit on a weekly basis.
The site is closed to the public but can be visited at one of our community events or drop-in volunteering sessions.
How to Get Involved
We ask anyone interested in volunteering to attend an introductory session which is held on the
first Wednesday of each month at 10am. Volunteer sessions are held on Tuesday and Friday
mornings. Between April and October we hold community gardening sessions on Thursday evenings from 4-7pm and some Saturday mornings.
We also receive many enquiries from professionals and other organisations who want to visit. We invite these individuals to come on one of our regular professional tours. If you are interested in coming along please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Events at Phoenix School Farm
Owing to the Covid19 restrictions there are no current events. We are maintaining the site so that when restrictions are lifted we will be able to support a full programme of events.
Supported by: Salt Yard Group and Sam’s Riverside Restaurant