Stonebridge City farm is “our farm” – in the city centre, it’s easy to get to; and we have lots of animals, lovely gardens and a great play area. We have a café using local produce and a little shop, and of course lots of bees and their delicious honey.
What is the most wonderful thing about the farm? It belongs to us, the people of Nottingham, it is not owned by some public institution or a private concern, it is ours and we can use it every day of the year for free.
But how is it paid for? It costs about £246,000 a year to run the farm and approximately £150,000 of this has to come from grants. The other £100,000 has come from sales and services provided by the farm. This year it is going to be harder for the farm to get grants and to sell training services to the public sector. We want our farm to continue, we want it to remain free to enter, and we want children to come as often as they want without having to think about the cost. We want to be able to picnic, or sit chatting with friends in the grounds, or lend a hand with the animals or in the gardens.
So we would like everyone to become a “Friend of the Farm”. To become a friend will cost £10 per year if you are 18 years old or more or £15 for a household. Workshops and activities with limited numbers will be advertised to friends first. Special offers in the shop and on the plant stall with limited availability will also be advertised to friends first.
Please download the form below and send it to the Farm, FAO Friends of the Farm, and state which payment method you have chosen:
Send a cheque direct to us with your application form,
Or download and fill in the standing order form if you would like to set up a standing order,