In the heart of the city

Rice Lane City Farm aims to provide a friendly place for local people to work together, while learning about animal husbandry, farm skills and crafts. We are in an area steeped in local history, and offer an enjoyable and sociable atmosphere.

Twenty four acres of countryside in the heart of the city

At first sight you might be forgiven for mistaking the 24 acres of Rice Lane City Farm – with its 14 acres of woodland – as countryside, even with the city all round.

An environmental oasis

Walton, like many other areas has many problems reflected in the community, the City Farm is a community led initiative to support our community and help other communities achieve solutions through training, social and educational experiences.

Our project has become an environmental oasis, unique within the city of Liverpool, which is constantly developing and changing.

The main gates to the farm

The main gates to the farm

What’s here?

The farm hosts a variety of individuals and groups e.g. Student placements, school parties, special needs groups and exchanges from Germany.

Our farmyard comprises a stable block, pig pen, barn, free range poultry unit and children’s petting area.

Ryeland sheep

We are the champions…

Our Ryeland sheep are show champions and our saddleback pigs are prize winners! The Red Poll cows form the nucleus of a collection or rare breed farm livestock, along with our goats, pony, ducks, geese, rabbits and chicks.

Children and young people

Mucking out the pigs

Mucking out the pigs

Two of our community’s important assets are our children and our young people.

We run a number of different projects in relation to children and young people and see them as the centre of the farm’s development.

An ongoing aim within our youth group is to redress marginalised young people in our society. All our work puts great emphasis on multicultural education and the inclusion of groups who do not have equal representation.

Training and Education

We work with formal and informal education covering a host of packages including YTS, NVQs in general agriculture, Level 1, livestock production, Level 2, environmental conservation and horticulture, Level 1, and an Oxford and Cambridge skills course. We organise school visits which are run to national curriculum guidelines, hold rural craft workshops, and encourage student placements.

The Chapel

The Chapel

The Chapel

The chapel has recently been refurbished, it hosts evening youth sessions, fund-raising events, children’s parties, social evenings and live performances.

We run playschemes during summer and Easter holidays including activities such as animal workshops, arts, crafts, sports, trips out, spinning, dyeing, music and environmental projects.

  • We run an after schools club on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4pm to 6pm.
  • A senior youth club runs on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7.30pm to 10pm.
  • We run a thriving football coaching and skills scheme.
  • Workshops for school children are run during half-terms during school hours.
  • We run a young farmers club at weekends.


All activities on site are free of charge.

The Cemetery

A quiet corner of the cemetry

A quiet corner of the Cemetry

The farm includes the grounds of Walton Cemetery which provides a wealth of beautiful countryside within the city. A nature trail gives access to grass and woodland ecology throughout the seasons. A history trail explains all the points of interest as you walk around. Maps are available from the office.

The meadows are grazed by our animals and in the summer Liverpool seems miles away.

There are many varieties of trees, shrubs, grasses, and flowers, which attract several important birds and mammals.

Garden Area

We have a garden area and poly-tunnel which produces plants and seasonal organic vegetables which are picked as they are available. We also sell manure.

The polytunnels and garden area

The polytunnels and garden area

History on your doorstep!

A leaflet is available highlighting the historical interest of Walton Park Cemetery. The cemetery and its buildings are owned by Our Lady & St. Nicholas parish church. Rice Lane Community Association, our parent company, leases the site on our behalf.

Within the cemetery walls are a number of war graves and family burial plots. A number of noted Liverpool people are buried there.

Robert Tressell's grave

Robert Tressell’s grave – the author’s real name was Noonan.

The cemetery has a long connection with the buildings it is situated between – the former Walton Workhouse (also known as the West Derby Union Workhouse and now Walton Hospital) and Walton Prison. Here lie buried thousands of unknown paupers who died dreadful deaths in the workhouse.

The cemetery includes the graves of Robert Tressell who wrote the great Victorian novel of working-class life, ‘The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists’, and of James Carling whose illustrations for Edgar Allen Poe’s famous poem ‘The Raven’ are considered definitive.

The Future

The farm's main building

The farm’s main building

The City Farm is part of Rice Lane Community Association (a registered charity), we are constantly developing our project for the benefit of the community.

Projects earmarked for the future include: refurbishment of rear of lodge for a healthy food project, upgrading of farm buildings, redevelopment of old dairy building, pony rides, a shop development for farm produce and rural crafts, a gardening club, an aquaponics area where fish and food will be grown symbiotically, and a new building for training and multimedia to name a few!

Can you help us?

If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer, or if you want to visit the farm or have us visit your school, nursery or other centre, contact the administration office on 0151 525 5181.

And keep visiting this site to keep up-to-date with developments.

  1. Paul Senar - February 24, 2015 5:00 pm

    I would like to volunteer please! I thought that the cemetery was council run!

  2. Carole - March 3, 2015 10:50 am

    I have tried callig number but Unfortunatey can’t get through is ye farm open to anyone visiting it do we have to make and appointment. It is only for myself baby and grandad
    Many thanks

  3. Catherine Hannah - March 3, 2015 2:20 pm

    I am a volunteer at Faith Community Gardens Prince Edwin Street. John Hutch told me about the aquaponics course you are running this Saturday. Unfortunately, there are no times listen in the leaflet. Would you let me know please.

  4. Brianna Harvey - March 15, 2015 2:49 pm

    Hello! I got your card from the Alzheimer’s Society and was wondering if you do have anything set up for people in the community living with Dementia? I help run a pogramme with Everton FC who caters to people in the community living with Dementia and their carers and we’re always looking for new, appropriate trips around the city that may be of interest, especially when it gets warmer out. Please let me know – thanks!

  5. Christopher Hayden - March 20, 2015 3:15 pm

    Hello there, we are a local secondary school, in the area, i was wondering if you offer any schemes/courses for secondary school children?

  6. Melanie Wilson - April 20, 2015 10:32 am

    Hi Maria

    Although you are on board with the review for green and open spaces, nobody seems to know your surname! I am due to type up the agenda shortly and would appreciate it if you could let me know.


    Liverpool City Council

  7. Melanie Wilson - April 30, 2015 10:01 am

    Hi Maria
    I don’t know about you but we thought your presentation at the Workshop went fantastically yesterday! You were the first to get a round of applause, and rightly so! I think you might have made a few more admirers/supporters in that room?
    Wonderful effort and turnout we hope you go on to success after success – Simon, Juliet and Mel x

  8. Daisy A. May - May 3, 2015 6:16 pm

    Dear Sir or Madam,

    I am a mature (24-year-old) Veterinary Medicine student at the University of Liverpool, just coming to the end of my first year of study. I am writing to inquire as to whether it might be possible to complete a one or two week EMS (voluntary work experience undertaken as part of the Veterinary degree) placement at Rice Lane City Farm during the university summer holidays?

    I would prefer to work with either the poultry or the pigs (or split between the two) if possible, since I have already completed my quota of sheep work experience for the year.

    I very much look forward to hearing from you if you feel I can be of use on the farm!

    Kind regards,

    Daisy A. May

  9. Trudy Wilson - May 11, 2015 2:41 pm


    I have a small independent gourmet ice cream business that makes super tasty flavours such as sticky toffee pudding, lemon cheesecake, chocolate fudge brownie & hazelnut and banoffee pie. The ice cream is served in a warm homemade squidgy, cakey waffle from the stall usually at events, food collectives, festivals and artisan markets.

    I am contacting you to see if you would be interested in us getting involved with you and your venue over the summer months, by coming along on a regular, casual basis (on sunny days) and serving ice cream waffles to your customers.

    Everyone loves ice cream on a sunny warm day and I think it would go down a treat with the customers and I would be happy to pay you a percentage of the profits made from sales.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Kind regards,


  10. Walton Johnson - May 26, 2015 6:36 pm

    I would love to be able to book this location, to complete my final short film for university, I would only need the place for 4 hours and I am a local filmmaker, I grew up off Rice Lane, and I would love to be able to shoot the film here. We have no budget, but we are fully insured. I hope to hear back from you, the date we would need to shoot is monday 15th of june.


  11. Matt Walmsley - January 23, 2019 11:55 am


    My mum wants to knock milking a cow off her bucket list, she’s udderly obsessed with farm animals. Is there a way we could arrange this?

    Matt Walmsley

  12. Rick Sampedro - January 27, 2019 8:05 pm

    Hi there!

    I’ll be taking a group of 9 13-17 year old Spanish kids to your area and since the trip has a focus on community activities, social awareness and sustainability I was wondering whether you could offer a short guided tour of the farm or maybe some acts our kids could also take part in.
    I’d appreciate approx prices as well.
    Thanking you in advance,
    Best regards,


  13. Nicky Rowlands - February 1, 2019 4:36 pm


    I’ve just started as an Older Person’s Specialist for Onward Housing one of our sheltered schemes have expressed an interest in doing a project with your organisation, who would be the best person to contact regarding this?


  14. Kathryn Rogerson - February 13, 2019 10:01 am

    I am a first year veterinary student at University of Liverpool and I am wondering if you take students for EMS placements? I am specifically looking to work with pigs for a week

    Kind Regards

  15. Niamh - February 25, 2019 3:44 pm

    Hello. I am a support worker in supported acomodation for men with complex needs. I am wondering if it would be possible for a group of our men, between 5-8 people, could come and visit the farm?
    I am also wondering if there is a cost for the farm.
    I look forward to hearing from you

  16. Dr Alan Corkish - March 4, 2019 2:58 pm

    I am becoming increasingly annoyed that the gates on Hornby Road are ALWAYS locked… people require access to the cemetery, to the graves of martyrs and of Robert Tressell. PLEASE unlock the damn thing!

  17. tanesha silveria - March 11, 2019 5:26 pm

    please contact me by email about visiting your farm as i have a SEN cLass that would love to attend

  18. Stan Chapman - March 13, 2019 10:30 am


    I live locally in Walton Park. Is the farm open to the general public. I have family visiting this weekend and it would be nice to come over and visit.



  19. Yvonne Ankers - March 18, 2019 3:11 pm


    I’m helping my sister arrange a charity fundraising event, which she’s chosen to hold for her 40th birthday celebration, on the 9th of May. Without the enormous amount of care and treatment given to her by the Wrexham Maelor and Liverpool Royal hospitals, it is a milestone she would not have reached, so she wanted to give something back. The event will raise much needed funds for the Mason ward at the Maelor, and the Roald Dahl Centre at the Liverpool Royal. I just wondered if you would be willing to help support this event by donating something as a raffle / auction prize please? Letters of endorsement from the hospitals are attached. We would be very grateful for any help at all you could offer.

    Many thanks,



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