Faith Boardman, chairman of the Vauxhall City Farm and former Chief Executive of Lambeth Council, traces the historic background and present state of the only “City Farm” within London’s central zone.
Learn about food production, both animal and vegetable, in the area of Vauxhall (and northern Lambeth) which supplied the City of London, from its Roman foundation, and the Palace and Abbey of Westminster. It was later overtaken by the “pleasures” – both “cultural” and less salubrious! – provided by the “New Spring Gardens” (later known as the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens) – which gave way in turn to industrialisation.
Hear the story of how Vauxhall City Farm grew from Blitz ruins to become a well established community-based organisation, now employing over 250 volunteers; welcoming over 40,000 visitors a year; supporting over 100 primary and special needs schools; and providing therapeutic services for disabled and/or traumatised individuals. A new Education Centre is currently under construction.
For the latest information go to www.vauxhallcityfarm.org
This talk is jointly organised by Friends of TSL and the Vauxhall Society.
Admission free.Refreshments available