Inventory Site Record

Freightliners Farm (Islington)

Brief Description

Freightliners Farm was originally established on waste ground near Kings Cross station in 1973, the name arising from the railway goods vans that were used to house the animals. In 1978 the farm moved to its present site and purpose-built buildings were erected in 1988. A registered charity, it is run by a volunteer Management Committee. It is the only city farm with a non-slaughtering policy and many of the animals are rare breeds. In addition to its farm animals, Freightliners has an ornamental garden as well as a vegetable and kitchen garden, and an orchard has recently been planted, all maintained with assistance from the gardening club.

Practical Information
Site location:
Sheringham Road
N7 8PF
Type of site:
Open to public?
Opening times:
Autumn/winter 10am-4pm; spring/summer 10am-4.45pm. Closed Mondays apart from Bank Holidays. Closed Christmas week.
Has taken part in Open Garden Squares Weekend 5 times, most recently in 2017.
Special conditions:
Strawbale Café 10am-3.45 Thur-Sun; Farm Shop
Has opened for OGSW
Public transport:
Tube: Highbury and Islington (Victoria); Caledonian Road (Piccadilly). Overground: Highbury and Islington. Bus: 43, 153, 271, 393
Research updated:

Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news.

Full Site Description

The farm has a full educational programme, with facilities for children and adults of all ages, with activities, workshops, tours and other events. In 2011 Freightliners Farm won a £10,000 Green Insurance Company Grant for its bee-keeping project with young people, and in 2014 it won the Queen's Award for Volunteering. An Animal Village was set up, sponsored by Lottery Grants for Local Groups Awards for All and Community Investors Development Agency Children Fund Local Network. The café was built by volunteers and is constructed of traditionally jointed green oak, a green roof, and walls insulated with straw bale, giving the café its name.

Sources consulted:

Freightliners Farm leaflets / website:

Further Information (Planning and Conservation)
Grid ref:
TQ310848 (531095,184926)
Size in hectares:
Site ownership:
Freightliners Farm
Site management:
Freightliners Farm
1973; 1978
Listed structures:
On National Heritage List for England (NHLE), Parks & Gardens:

Registered common or village green on Commons Registration Act 1965:

Protected under London Squares Preservation Act 1931:


Local Authority Data

The information below is taken from the relevant Local Authority's planning legislation, which was correct at the time of research but may have been amended in the interim. Please check with the Local Authority for latest planning information.

On Local List:
In Conservation Area:
Tree Preservation Order:
Nature Conservation Area:
Yes - Borough Importance II
Green Belt:
Metropolitan Open Land:
Special Policy Area:
Yes - Protected Vista
Other LA designation:

Freightliners Farm

Freightliners Farm, June 2014. Photograph Sally Williams

Ornamental garden, Freightliners Farm, June 2014. Photograph Sally Williams
Freightliners Farm, June 2014. Photograph Sally Williams
Freightliners Farm with former railway goods van put to new use,  June 2014. Photograph Sally Williams
Produce garden, Freightliners Farm,  June 2014. Photograph Sally Williams

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