Registered Charity No: 1091729. Wellgate Community Farm, Collier Row Road, Romford, Essex. RM5 2BH
All material on this site is the property of Wellgate Community Farm and should not be used without permission.
        

 
Collier Row Road, Romford, Essex. RM5 2BH             
Tel: 01708-747850     Email: info@wellgatefarm.org



Opening Times

Monday-Sunday
09:00 - 15:30

Bank Holidays
09:00 - 12:00

Admission Free!

Donations gratefully accepted.
History

Wellgate Community Farm began its life in 1982, set up by volunteers as a project which would encourage local participation in all aspects of the Farm’s activity. The name Wellgate is derived from the two local estates from which the first volunteers came; Chadwell Heath and Marks Gate.

The Farm offers local people, schools and groups an invaluable opportunity to experience a working farm and its animals which include: ponies, cows, pigs, goats, poultry, waterfowl, rabbits and guinea pigs. 

Our 1.5 acre site was granted to us under a management agreement by the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and is located off Collier Row Road near to City Pavilion, formerly the Roller Bowl.

Initially the ground was nothing but a wasteland, overgrown with hawthorn bushes and used as a builder’s tip. Local volunteers began to clear the site ready for the first animals to arrive. The site developed piecemeal as funds became available a situation which continues today. It is an interesting mix of old and new as we make do and mend and renew when we can afford to.

One of the earliest services developed were educational visits and the purchase of a horsebox to provide a mobile service proved so popular they remain a thriving part of Farm life, to date. These mobile visits have allowed the Farm to reach out into the community and it is estimated that education visits both onsite and mobile provide a unique and exciting learning opportunity to over 18,000 young people a year.

The Farm began to offer work experience to school pupils and due to the nature of the farm and the variety of work available we became a popular option for young people with disabilities or special educational need that would otherwise struggle to find placements.
The relationship between the Farm and local comprehensive schools developed and demand for longer term training opportunities grew.

Alongside this the Farm began to offer accredited training for volunteers to give something back to those that support the Farm and to help them move on to further training or employment if appropriate.

Using the experience of the successful delivery of both work placements and training, in 2000 the Farm secured funding for a new project that combined the two and the Hands On Project was launched.

Over the years the Farm has developed greatly and much has changed, although its principal aim of being a focus for community remains our driving force.




 Registered Charity No: 1091729. Wellgate Community Farm, Collier Row Road, Romford, Essex. RM5 2BH
All material on this site is the property of Wellgate Community Farm and should not be used without permission.