History

Children at the farm

The farm was established in 1998 by a group of committed locals under the guidance of Derek Wakefield-Brown. Derek was employed by the Gloucester City Council to run the Countryside Unit, looking after one of the big public parks on the outskirts of the city, but somehow got diverted and persuaded the council to allow this farm to be opened. This city farm was one of only 2 in the whole country that were funded and run by a local authority.

 

But unfortunately in 2010 when the council started looking at where they could make savings, all non-statutory services came under the spotlight, and the farm would most certainly have been axed, the funding pulled and the land would have been sold off. That is why The Friendship Cafe decided it was time to step in.  We saw that this farm was too important an asset to be left to fold – we have lost various community buildings and projects over the years to the detriment of the residents, and decided that we had to act.

 

So on April 1st 2011 The Friendship Cafe took over the management of the site and kept the exisiting staff and volunteers to continue their great work on the farm. Along with a fantastic group of dedicated teenage volunteers our aim is to keep the farm afloat and make it even better than it has been in the past. To achieve this we wholly rely on the dedication and experience of the farm staff and volunteers, and the strong community links that is provided by The Friendship Cafe and GymNation.