London Parks & Gardens Trust

Docks and Ducks

Surrey Docks Farm

Surrey Docks Farm

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Directions

Follow Lady Dock Path, passing under a road and emerging onto Rotherhithe Street by the Ship York Pub. If you wish to omit the next stage, continue straight ahead towards Bonding Yard Walk. Otherwise turn left, past the pub, and continue into Odessa Street. Where the street bends right at the Ship & Whale pub, take the path straight ahead towards the river. On reaching the river, turn left along the riverside path, which goes past the back of Surrey Docks Farm. At the end of the farm, turn left down the path that leads to the main entrance to the farm. There is cycle parking and a popular café on the site.

On leaving the farm, turn left along Rotherhithe Street. Turn left at the junction with the link to the main road. Turn right at the Aardvark pub and left at the Ship York, onto Bonding Yard Walk, following the cycle route.

Description

The farm works with local communities and the people of Southwark to provide many unique opportunities for people to learn about farming and food production, and to be actively involved in the ongoing work of the farm.

Animals reared on the farm include a herd of milking goats, sheep, cattle, pigs, ducks, geese, chickens, turkeys, bees and donkeys. The herds and flocks are farmed with specific attention to animal welfare.

There are a variety of green and horticultural areas such as the orchard, herb garden, dye garden, vegetable plots, and the wild area. Fresh food and produce are on sale to the public.

The Farm was first established in 1975 on derelict dockland between the entrance to Greenland Dock and the River Thames. In June 1986 it re-located to its present site, a new 2.2 acre site on the river at South Wharf. During the working lifetime of the docks, the site formed part of the largest shipyard on the Rotherhithe peninsula.