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Protect the city farm at all costs

13 June, 2019

• I WAS delighted to see that Rosamund Pike has added her voice to the myriad protests against the threats to Kentish Town City Farm, (Gone Girl star Rosamund Pike joins campaign to save City Farm, June 6).

I feel that it would be almost “criminal vandalism” to allow this fantastic resource to be diminished.

I retired from Cambridge university three years ago and moved to Kentish Town. One of the delights of living here has been taking my grandson to the farm, to the Messy Play sessions and Garden Explorers in particular. But just walking round and seeing the animals is in itself a joy.

The targeted therapeutic work it does for special groups is invaluable; but it leads to the wellbeing of all who visit, from harassed young mums to children who live in flats and need access to as many outdoor spaces as possible.

It is surely madness to do anything to deplete community assets like the city farm. We are all – politicians included – bewailing the loss of community cohesion (which, arguably can lead even to teenage knife crime), scratching our heads about what to do about it.

We cannot afford to lose any vital spaces for children to meet and form friendships. It is imperative that we hang on to them. Would it muddy the waters to suggest that any future proposed land use of this site is likely to be housing-led?

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