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London Farm to receive new barn, other upgrades

By Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

Published 5:06 PST, Tue February 9, 2021

Last Updated: 5:18 PST, Tue February 9, 2021

A beloved spot on Dyke Road, London Farm may soon receive a new barn, as well as upgrades to other existing features.

City councillors were in favour of a proposed master plan at last night’s council meeting.

London Farm is one of the earliest farm sites in the South Arm of the Fraser River. The site currently includes gardens, fruit trees, agricultural exhibits, and the historical London family farmhouse. But the last time a master plan was created for the site was 35 years ago, and that plan no longer represents the current presentation of the site, according to a city staff report.

“It’s such a popular spot, and I think with so many people now going outdoors more often and they walk by that, I think many people would just love to be able to wander around it,” said Coun. Linda McPhail.

City staff were originally referred to look into the reconstruction of a timber barn in April 2019. A similar barn, used as an example, was re-constructed in Ladner in 2012. However, an appropriate heritage barn was not found in Richmond, and the 2,500 square foot barn proposed in the new master plan is  a new construction estimated to cost $910,000.

Coun. Harold Steves noted that there used to be a barn on No. 5 Road that might be worth looking into as a potential option for London Farm. 

“It would be nice to have a heritage barn in Richmond, but a pole barn is a good second best,” said Steves.

City staff plan to work with the non-profit London Heritage Farm Society to implement some smaller changes that will not require extra funding. These include signage, plantings, enhancements to heritage displays, the chicken coop and the bee house, and a new entry gate.

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