Newham City Farm in King George V Park was created as an initiative of the Environmental Committee of the London Celebrations Committee of The Queen’s Silver Jubilee, and was opened by HRH The Princess Anne on 19 July 1977. The Farm was established on some disused land at Beckton, which had once been playing fields. The Mayflower Family Centre turned it into an urban city farm and the project was initially worked on by eight adults and 16 young people provided by the Manpower Services Commission. By the time Princess Anne opened it, it boasted four horses, eight goats, two cows, ten ducks, 70 chickens, eight bantams, a guinea pig and some 60 rabbits (a rapidly multiplying figure). Newham City Farm has become one of London’s longest established city farms. It offers educational and leisure activities for the local community. Today the large collection of animals includes sheep, pigs, goats, geese, ducks and rare breeds such as Golden Guernsey goats, a Red Poll cow, and Berkshire pigs. There are also Llamas and birds of prey. Especially popular is ‘Blaze’, a working Shire Horse, who pulls a dray cart for visitors to ride in during event days. Newham City Farm is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm in the summer and in the winter from 10am to 4pm. Admission is free.
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