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Kentish Town City Farm appeals for help feeding animals during lockdown

Farm's play-scheme, school visits, festivals and Riding for the Disabled are all cancelled

20 April, 2020 — By Tom Foot

Costs of caring for animals including goat Ronnie can run into thousands of pounds a week 

AN appeal has been launched to help feed and care for animals on lockdown in Kentish Town City Farm.

The farm in Cressfield Close has had to shut its doors to the public because of the coronavirus. Costs have been cut as much as possible and staff have been “furloughed”.

But animals – including popular cow Shirley and the horses Murphy, Champ and Jester – still need food and care. 

Farm chairwoman Angela Woods said: “At this time of year the Farm would be at its busiest and earning valuable income for the animals’ upkeep. 

“But our wonderful local community cannot visit us. Our Easter holiday play-scheme, school visits, festivals and Riding for the Disabled have all been cancelled. Our donations box stands empty.”

She added: “We lose money each day we are closed.”

Farm staff have been helping deliver food parcels to people in isolation in conjunction with Queen’s Crescent Community Association.

They are trying to keep the farm open to the community online by posting fun and educational films about the animals on social media each day.

A new “Farm Live” channel has also been set up on Instagram with a live-stream on Sundays at 11am. 

The animals are said to be in high spirits and enjoying the cleaner air in London since the lockdown was announced. 

The farm’s board is on the look-out for celebrities from Kentish Town to read bedtime stories for children each week on Friday nights.

A poster outside the farm’s entrance in Cressfield Close

The cost of feeding the animals can run into thousands of pounds each month. Already, Camden Town Brewery has made a large donation to the appeal.

Its managing director Adam Keary said: “KTCF helps the community connect with animals, with nature and with each other and is an inspirational example of what can be achieved when passion and creativity meet.”

To find out more visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/kentishtowncityfarm

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