Crossrail has donated three truck loads of excavated material to the largest city farm in London, Mudchute farm, in the Isle of Dogs.
The spoil came from approximately 10 metres below the bottom of the dock bed at Canary Wharf station and was extensively tested by the Canary Wharf Contractors to ensure that it was contaminant-free.
The excavated material will be used to create a chicken run, allowing the farm to produce eggs for the first time. Some of the spoil is also destined for the farm’s vegetable patch. Here, local children will be taught to grow produce and cook vegetables in the farm's healthy eating programme.
Mudchute park and farm is a 32 acre site with fantastic views across London. It was created during the last century from the spoil of construction from dredging Millwall Dock. For decades it remained an untouched haven for flora and fauna. In the 1970’s a public campaign saved the farm from becoming a high rise estate and it became a charity. Today, it is the most widely used park in Tower Hamlets and home to over 200 animals and hundreds of bird species.