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New venture for the farm

We’re excited to announce that in partnership with community organisation Heart of BS13 we have been selected to take forward a new vision for Hartcliffe City Farm. Bristol City Council have chosen us as preferred partners after an open invitation for expressions of interest in running the site, in which we presented a plan to work with the local community to regenerate the farm. Serving the community has always been at the heart of what we do at Windmill Hill City Farm, and this ethos will remain the same for Hartcliffe.

The community farm, based in south Bristol, has struggled financially in recent years, eventually leading to its closure last month. Our vision for the farm will see it developed into a thriving community hub, serving local residents and beyond. We are partnering with Heart of BS13 to achieve this vision because of our shared values and complementary knowledge and expertise. 

The main aim of the partnership is to develop Hartcliffe City Farm into a valuable community space for local residents to enjoy both in the near future and for generations to come. When its gates open again it will remain free to the public and will host the mix of visitor activities expected at a city farm as well as being an important driver of the local economy, providing jobs, training and enterprise opportunities. 

Steve Sayers, Chief Exec at Windmill Hill City Farm said: “We’re delighted to partner with Heart of BS13 and look forward to helping bring the site back to life. There is a long way to go and a lot of work to be done before Hartcliffe City Farm can re-open to the public. We are confident that with the support of the local community, we will be able to make Hartcliffe City Farm a real asset to families in BS13 and beyond.”

Georgina Perry, Executive Director of Heart of BS13 said: “This will be a great opportunity to extend our environmental action work and give BS13 a brilliant city farm to be proud of. We’re looking forward to starting our engagement programme as soon as lockdown restrictions allow us to.  We’ll be involving people from across the generations to help us shape the future of the Farm.”

Councillor Asher Craig, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for communities, said: “We were very impressed with the energy and enthusiasm for change that these two community organisations demonstrated. Their ideas were inspiring and I’m sure local residents will come together to support the vision with their own ideas. I look forward to the doors opening once again.”

Find out more about our plans for Hartcliffe City Farm on this page.