Surrey Docks Farm

Germander was Writer-in-Residence at Surrey Docks Farm 2010-2011, during which she wrote Foghorns and Subsongs, which has been printed as a booklet, available from the Farm Shop.

Following this she won a place on the Vodafone World of Difference programme to continue her work at the farm between March and June 2012, organising activities to get people of all ages involved in exploring the farm and its site and create new written work from the findings, and conducting a survey of the farm's natural history.

In 2013-14 she co-ordinated a Heritage Lottery Fund project to explore the historic site which the farm occupies, and in 2016-17 she ran a futher project, Piecing Together Our Past. See below for all links.

Foghorns and Subsongs cover (smaller file)

Foghorns and Subsongs was written during Germander's initial residency at the farm - see the Foghorns and Subsongs page for more info and sample verses.

Crockery piece with chicken and cart

See the Farm Foreshore Foraging page for the verse that was written using participants' findings as part of the World of Difference project, and photos of the fascinating objects found on the farm's Thames foreshore. 

See the illustrated results of the Natural History Survey, carried out as part of the World of Difference project.

See the results of the projects about the history of the Farm's site:

History Trail

Piecing Together Our Past

Ladybird larva in Dyers Camomile - 1

Below: a couple of the animal information boards I designed that you can now see around the farm


Below: my 'playfully-educational' signs around the farm: the Arthropod Apartments sign is by the 'insect hotel' and the Avian Cafe sign is by the birdfeeders in the Wildlife Garden.

Arthropod Apartments sign
Avian Cafe sign

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