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21 March 2014

Meet the sheep at Mudchute City Farm

With a total area of more than 32 acres, Mudchute Park and Farm on the Isle of Dogs is one of London's largest city farms, with over 100 resident animals. When your author popped in a week or so ago, visitors and sheep were happily enjoying the sunshine in each others company on the hilltop, whilst a short distance away llamas were stretching their legs.

Mudchute takes its name from being a dumping ground for spoil and silt from the excavation and maintenance of Millwall Dock, but it was a place that residents became attached to and when development was attempted in the 1970s, the Mudchute Association was founded to protect it, giving rise to the farm park. Across a number of enclosures, the Farm attempts to educate us city types about what cows, pigs, sheep, goats, horses, donkeys, llamas, alpacas, chickens, geese and turkeys look like in the real world, before serving up a bite to eat at the Mudchute Kitchen.

For more, see http://www.mudchute.org/

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