Freightliners is a small farm in an urban setting providing the opportunity for individuals and groups, including the vulnerable in our community, to learn from and interact with the environment and each other through animal care, horticulture and sustainable practices. It's purpose is to provide an educational and recreational resource for the community, promoting social welfare and quality of life through a collaborative and inclusive community project.
Freightliners Farm was founded on wasteland behind Kings Cross station in London in 1973. Originally the animals were housed in railway goods vans, hence the name. The Farm moved to its present site in 1978 and new purpose built farm buildings were erected in 1988.
In 2014 the farm and the volunteers that help to run were awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. This recognises the role it plays in its community.
Freightliners Farm is a registered charity and a non-profit organisation. The funding for this community-led farm and garden comes partly from Islington Council (less than 20% of our income), with the greater part of our income reliant upon fundraising.
Generating sufficient income is an increasing challenge and always a priority. Entrance to the farm is free although visitors are encouraged to leave donations.
The Farm is situated in the London Borough of Islington, the tenth poorest borough of London, combining some of the most attractive streets, properties and squares with some very deprived areas. This mix is reflected in our 45 000 visitors, 200 school visits and numerous volunteers each year.