An Urban Farm in the Heart of The Action
If you’re looking for something completely different for your next event, you’ve got to check out Oasis Farm Waterloo. This urban farm is right in the heart of the capital, in London Waterloo. What once was a strip of wasteland has been transformed into a flourishing community resource and a haven for nature, as well as an event space.
The farm works in partnership with Oasis Hub Waterloo and Jamie’s Farm, offering a ‘Farming, Family and Therapy’ programme that re-engages disadvantaged people with academic life so that they will be able to go on to fulfil their potential, both academically and in wider society.
Oasis Farm Waterloo also supports Oasis Academies Johanna and South Bank, helping to expand the range of educational opportunities available to their students. At Oasis Farm Waterloo, students learn to grow produce for their lunches and benefit from inclusive outdoor learning and curriculum-based activities from art to science and mathematics.
The farm prides itself in enabling the local people to learn about caring for themselves, others, plants, animals and the environment. The registered charity specialises in working with disadvantaged young people, helping them to thrive academically, socially and emotionally.
Oasis Farm Waterloo isn’t just a fantastic resource for the local community, however. It’s now also available to hire, for private and corporate events.
Perfect for those looking for a rustic, unique setting for their next event, the barn at Oasis Farm Waterloo is available for a wide range of events including weddings, gigs, parties, open air cinema screenings, corporate events, away days and much more.
The farm itself was designed by Feilden Fowles architects, recently named Young Architect of the Year 2016. Feilden Fowles specialises in complex projects and sensitive locations, working with a range of clients, organisations and institutions. The design comprises three polytunnels, raised planter beds growing everything from rocket leaves to pea shoots, three animal sheds, an aquaponics system and a state of the art composting toilet.
The farm’s growth is based on a six-year rotation, cycling through brassicas, beans, alliums, cucurbits, and roots. There are also a variety of soft fruits, salads, and herbs grown at the urban farm. All food grown at Oasis Farm Waterloo is used at events or sold to local schools and the general public.
The farm is also home to a few animals. The animals rotate from Jamie’s Farm in Wiltshire so that visitors will usually be able to see one sow with a litter of piglets and a ewe with her lambs. In addition the farm will soon be welcoming its first calves. Oasis Farm’s chickens are a mix of rescued battery hens, hybrids, and purebreds. It’s wonderful to see rescued hens getting back on their feet and starting to thrive again once they settle into life at this unique urban retreat.