Bill Quay
Community Farm
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As a registered charity, our charitable objectives are:

The advancement of education in agriculture, horticulture, arts and crafts, conservation, country life and related subjects.


To provide or assist in the provision of facilities in the interests of social welfare for recreation or other leisure time occupation of individuals who have need of such facilities by reason of their youth, age, infirmity or disability, financial hardship or social circumstances, or the public at large, with the object of improving their conditions of life.


To promote humane behaviour towards animals by educating the public in all matters relating to animal welfare, including the conservation and enhancement of genetic diversity of UK native livestock breeds, including breeds at risk


Bill Quay Community Farm



Since 1986, the farm team has transformed this 25 acre site from dereliction into a thriving community leisure project. 

Historical maps, dating from 1768, show the site as open fields, a wooded stream valley, a quarry and two dwellings. Since that time, the site has experienced a number of changes and a variety of uses. A compact riverside community developed in the 18th and 19th centuries, providing the workforce for shipyards, coal staithes ​​and chemical works. During this time, heavy metals and combustion products from the manufacture of lead based paints, sulphuric acid, soda and soap severely polluted the site. 

In 1961, the removal of a two million ton spoil heap of fuming sulphurated hydrogen began and the Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council continued site remediation through the 1960s. The concil experienced mix success in establishing a public green space in the 1980s, but with community support, Bill Quay Community Farm opened in 1986,breathing new life into the heart of the site​. Much of the work to restore the natural heritage to what it is now--one of the greenest banks on Tyneside--has been achieved by volunteers.


GoldfinchThe farm is a great place to spot wild birds from Robins to Woodpeckers!

Here is a beautiful little Goldfinch.

Free Entry

Farm Cafe with farm produced food.

Farm Shop

Rare breeds of animals.

Beautiful woodlands.

Wild bird garden with pond.

Bird hide for photographers

Short walk to the Tyne

Indoor areas with small animals.












February 23, 2016

Webcam Links

Tyne Tunnel Cams

Tyne Bridge Cams

BBC TyneCameras

Sundeland Weather

Durham Cathedral



There is a lrge family of squirrels around the farm as well as other abundant wildlife.




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