Farms for City Children brought farming to life in central London for children from several schools. 

HRH Princess Royal speaking to school children at Farms for City Children's Festival of Learning event

HRH Princess Royal spoke to school children at Farms for City Children’s Festival of Learning event held at Butcher’s Hall in London.

The event, held at Butcher’s Hall on 11th June, was a chance for the charity to showcase the many activities children can take part in during their immersive residential at one of its three farms - Nethercott House in Devon, Wick Court in Gloucestershire and Lower Tregennis in Wales. 

HRH Princess Royal was also in attendance and spoke to children from the schools along with farm teams, volunteers and guests. HRH Princess Royal is a patron of the charity set up by War Horse author Sir Michael Morpurgo and his wife Lady Clare Morpurgo back in 1975.

Produce grown in the gardens and polytunnels, demonstrations of livestock machinery, bee keeping, felt making and wool spinning, soil investigation and a virtual reality experience of a Welsh farm, brought the Farms for City Children experience to life in London.

HRH Princess Royal speaking to school children at Farms for City Children's Festival of Learning event

Primary aged children told guests at the event the impact that a stay on one of the charity’s farms had on their lives. 

Children gathered from primary schools across England and Wales to be entertained throughout the afternoon, taking the time to explain to Her Royal Highness and guests the transformative impact that their week on the farm has had on their lives.

With almost 200 people in attendance, Donna Edmonds, the chief executive of Farms for City Children, described the occasion as “an immense success”.

About Farms for City Children

The charity enables children from disadvantaged communities to experience the adventure of working together on its farms in the heart of the British countryside. Since it began, Farms for City Children has welcomed more than 100,000 children to one of its farms. 

During an immersive five-day residential stay on one of the heritage farms, children and young people participate in seasonal farming tasks alongside experienced farm teams and partner farmers.

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