New plans to expand Windmill Hill City Farm

Published on: 30 Dec 2016

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New café unveiled at city farm

THE MANY fans of Windmill Hill City Farm will find more to enjoy after a new round of improvements during 2017.

The café is to be rebuilt after planning permission was granted late last year. The café as it is currently will close in January and a temporary café will be available just across the farmyard. Building work will commence by the end of January with a target to open the new café around Easter.

Following on from its award as Best Family-Friendly Eatery in the Bristol Good Food Awards for the second year running, the farm’s café had an unannounced inspection by the Environmental Health Officer in late November and retained its 5-star rating. The café team have also applied for a Flexitarian Bristol Gold Award, which recognises eateries who use high welfare meat, and offer a good choice of meat- free options.

Windmill Hill City Farm’s new garden, with raised beds and sensory areas, was planted last summer where the car park previously was. In October it won a Bristol in Bloom Gold award. 

In November the city farm was part of the Tesco Bags of Help scheme, with shoppers using tokens in local stores to vote for their preferred charity. The farm received the most votes and was given the highest award of £12,000. Along with funds from the Cory Environmental Trust in Britain, the money will be used to improve the building along the side of the duck pond, which currently houses an un-used dairy, small-animal pens and storage.

The new Interaction Centre will have a workshop and demonstration room for visitors, including school groups, an exhibition and display area, and a small animal space. At the back, the workshop space will be improved and a garden workroom built for farm produce to be washed, weighed and bagged up for sale in the farm shop which will be part of the café expansion.

Volunteers have been involved in designing the new space, and will be carrying out some of the work required. The main work will commence in the new year.

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