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Improvements proposed for heritage farm in south Richmond

London Heritage Farm was originally bought by two brothers, Charles and William, in 1880.
London Heritage Farm

New signs, refurbished chicken coops, beehives and a 1920s tractor display are just some of the improvements being proposed at London Heritage Farm.

Richmond city council’s parks committee is being asked to consider a raft of improvements, requiring a heritage alteration permit.

The plans were developed in conjunction with the London Heritage Farm Society, and they were endorsed by the Richmond Heritage Commission in December.

The plans also include reconfigured gardens, new lighting and new signage.

The heritage farm at 6511 Dyke Rd. – between No. 2 and Gilbert roads - was original owned by two brothers, Charles and William London, who were just 16 and 17 respectively when they arrived in B.C. in 1877.

In 1880, they bought the 200 acres and set about farming dairy, oats, barley and fruit and vegetables.

The London brothers also established a general store and a post office as well as a wharf.

The farm was eventually sold, but in 1921 Charles' eldest daughter, Lucy, bought it back and stayed there until 1948.

The City of Richmond bought the farm in 1978.

A master plan for London Heritage Farm was approved by city council last year.

The London Farm improvements will be dealt with at Tuesday’s parks, recreational and cultural services committee meeting that can be viewed on YouTube.