A new home for the Birds at Vauxhall City Farm

by Vauxhall City Farm in London, Greater London, England

We did it
On 17th April 2018 we successfully raised £1,725 with 44 supporters in 28 days

Recent bad weather has fatally damaged our aviary; we've done what we can but urgently need to build a new home for the birds on the farm.

by Vauxhall City Farm in London, Greater London, England

New stretch target

A massive thank you to everyone who has supported our project - you are amazing and we'll be starting work on the new aviary soon!  If anyone is still waiting to pledge, we'll make sure your gift is put to great use!

Any money raised over our 'build' target will be used to add some additional weatherproofing and enclosed sheltered roosting places for them.  

We'd also love to be able to buy some new things to furnish the aviary with to make life more enjoyable for the birds; they love  toys to play with and things to climb and chew, as well as keeping the birds happy and healthy it also makes watching them play more fun for us and our visitors.

 Finally, our little Zebra finches have recently started to breed so we'd like to encourage more of this by adding some nest boxes.


911b5607b9fa615d1d20f783aa4f680737ceae70Vauxhall City Farm is home to over 100 animals in the heart of the London.  We welcome around 45,000 people to the farm each year, free of charge, giving them a chance to escape city life and enjoy the sights and sounds of the countryside right on their doorstep.  As a charity we help around 6000 children, young people and families from disadvantaged backgrounds annually via our education and support programmes.

The aviary at Vauxhall City Farm has been a firm favourite with our visitors for many years; 0ae9d553aed83df9abfd2886a35c32dba5dbd5a1particularly younger children who love the colours and constant activity of our budgies, cockatiels, canaries and finches.   Originally built by volunteers, the aviary has stood the test of time well, albeit with a number of running repairs and patches over the years.  The number of repairs needed has grown over the past year so we were planning to raise the money to build a new one later on this year.

Sadly, as the images below show, the recent bad weather has caused substantial damage to the roof, which is cracked, letting in water, in danger of collapsing and is definitely beyond further repair.  To make things worse, where the roof has soaked up water, fungus is starting to grow in the cracks in the timber.

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We've done all we can to make sure the birds are safe for now but these repairs won't last for long.

Our birds, including a new clutch of baby Zebra finches which hatched in February, now urgently need a safe,  new home and we'd love your help to build them one as soon as possible.  They give so much pleasure to our visitors and we want that to continue for many more years to come but, right now, we simply can't afford to do it without you.

We want to site our new aviary next door to our cafe terrace where more people, including those just passing by, can enjoy seeing the birds and hearing them sing.  

We're aiming to keep costs down by doing most of the construction work ourselves with the help of our amazing volunteers.  We have raised some money towards the total cost but the amount we're trying to raise here will give us the remainder that we need to create a solid floor and build the aviary itself.  

Any additional money we raise over the target amount will be used to pay for enriching the aviary to make it an even better and more interesting space for the birds to live in and enjoy.

Every bit of support you can give, however small or large, will make a difference and we, our little feathered friends on the farm and not least regular visitors who enjoy spending time with them, will be eternally grateful.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£1 or more

Thank you shout out

We'll give you a public thank you via our social media pages

£5 or more

Feed the Animals Voucher

You'll get a thank you on our social media pages and we'll send you a voucher to exchange for a bag of grass nuts to feed the animals on the farm with when you next visit us.

£10 or more

Coffee or Tea and Cake

You'll get a thank you on social media, a feed the animals voucher and a voucher for a cup of tea or coffee and cake from our Old Dairy Cafe - come when the aviary is complete and watch the birds whilst you tuck in!

£25 or more

6 of 30 claimed

Meet the Animals

You'll receive all the lower priced rewards plus a voucher for two people to have a personal meet and greet session with the farm animal of your choice.

£50 or more

2 of 20 claimed

Animal Adoption Package

You'll get all of the lower priced rewards plus a year's animal adoption of the farm animal of your choice

£100 or more

3 of 12 claimed

Friend of the Farm Package

You'll get all the lower priced rewards plus a year long Friend of the Farm package which includes having a plaque in your name on our Friends of the Farm Giving Wall and enjoying a year long 10% discount in our Old Dairy Cafe and on-site Gift Shop.

£500 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Aviary Sponsor

You'll receive all the other rewards plus have a plaque displayed on the new aviary recognising you as the main sponsor. This sponsorship will last for two years.


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