What has the Development and Alumni Relations Team been up to lately?
Well, as part of our relationship with Santander, who currently sponsor nine scholarships for City students, we were asked to coordinate a ‘Community Day’. Our brief was to find an activity for a group of 20 staff from City, Cass and Santander Universities that would provide some benefit to the community.
This led us to Freightliners Farm, situated in the heart of Islington. It is predominantly run by volunteers, many of whom have suffered from mental health issues or have physical disabilities. Freightliners provide the opportunity for members of the local community to engage with the environment, and each other, through animal care, horticulture, and sustainable practices. The livestock includes chickens, cows, sheep, rabbits, some rather cheeky goats, two fabulous, enormous pigs, Tina and Tamara and beehives. Arable farming comprises a small meadow and several covered and outside gardens. Some of the produce from the farm can be enjoyed in its cafe.
We spent the whole day at the farm, cleaning the animal’s pens, shovelling manure for use as organic fertilizer, and rebuilding the chicken coop. We all got stuck in and it was a thoroughly satisfying day.
For more information about Freightliners, which offers free admission to the public, please visit www.freightlinersfarm.org.uk. It is well worth a visit as the smiling children visiting throughout the day demonstrated!
To see a short video clip from the day, please visit our YouTube Channel.
To see some photos from the day, please visit our Flickr account.