Celebrating the work of London’s City Farms and Community Gardens

The London Harvest Festival has been going strong since 1999 when it was founded as the City Harvest Festival, hosted by Capel Manor College in Enfield.

The Festival includes an animal competition, a horticulture show, “Have-A-Go” with traditional crafts, and the annual tug-of-war. In 2020 we added a photography and digital competition.

The Animal show includes categories for the animals (best sheep, best guinea pig etc.) as well as competition amongst the young handlers. This is the time for our Young Farmers to show off what they have learned while volunteering at their local city farm.

The Horticulture tent highlights produce, botanicals as well as the important environmental education work of City Farms and Community Gardens.


Congratulations to Lambourne End for winning the Animal shield and Mudlarks for winning the horticulture plate.

Due to avian flu we had to make do without birds.


Thanks to Lambourne End for hosting the live event, whilst the online photography competition was sponsored by the Metropolitan Gardens Association.


This year presented a new challenge as we moved to a completely Online Harvest Festival.
In a break from our regular animal and horticulture competitions, we had entirely digital categories. We had over 150 entries and more projects joining in than ever before!


Surrey Docks won the overall Animal Competition. Lambourne End won the overall Horticultural Prize (presented by Flo Headlam).


Our first year at Woodlands Farm in Greenwich, and our 20th anniversary celebration, was better than our wildest dreams. Over 1000 people from 23 boroughs joined us on a perfect September day.