I recently went to visit Sutton Community Farm with the Conservative Candidate for Mayor of London, Zac Goldsmith, and our local Conservative London Assembly Member, Steve O’Connell.

Sutton Community Farm is a community-owned farm. They started in 2010 with the purpose to increase access to fresh, healthy, sustainable food and provide a shared space for people to cultivate skills, get exercise and make friends. The farm has a small number of staff with a large network of volunteers, and is also inviting members of the public to become shareholders in the farm.

It was an excellent opportunity to find out more about their work and how they have grown in recent years. We heard about the work they do in the local community to promote healthy living, and how their ‘VegBox’ delivery scheme is taking off. Myself, Steve and Zac even tried our hand at pruning spinach.

It was also an opportunity for us to present a local volunteer, Jackie, with a community award for all the hard work she has put into the farm since it has been set up. It was a privilege to get to see the work that they do and I hope I get the chance to visit again soon.

You can find out more about the good work that they do here, and I hope more of you take the time to visit.