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Outhouse display part of Richmond heritage plan

The London Heritage Farm was opened to the public in 1983.
London Farm is the subject of a new master plan going to Richmond parks committee next week.

An outhouse display and a heritage-style barn at London Heritage Farm are a couple ideas Richmond city staff are proposing as the city looks to update the heritage site in Steveston.

The outhouse display, notes the staff report, “would add interpretation of early farm life.” 

This would give visitors an idea what life was like without indoor plumbing, elaborated Richmond city spokesperson Clay Adams.

As for the heritage barn, city staff are suggesting a similar barn could be found in Richmond and moved to London Heritage Farm.

They cite Delta’s example of a barn moved from Tilsbury Island to Hawthorne Grove Park and reconstructed at the new location.

Alternatively, a replica of a heritage barn could be built at the London farm site, with a cost estimate of $910,000 (this expenditure would have to be approved by council).

The barn would provide covered space for visitors and a venue for group programs and rentals.

Other elements proposed in the new master plan include a farm demonstration garden, a vintage farm equipment display and a boardwalk over the pond.

The new master plan for London Farm – the last one was created in 1986 and was never fully implemented – is on the agenda for next week’s parks, recreation and cultural committee.

London Heritage Farm opened to the public in 1983 and has been run jointly by the city and the London Heritage Farm Society, although the latter has asked the city to take over management of the site.


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