If it hadn’t been for a momentous public campaign by local residents, the site occupied by Mudchute City Farm would now be home to blocks of flats. But back in the early 70slocals felt the area needed a natural park, and in 1977 the Mudchute Association was founded to help promote the flora and fauna of the Isle of Dogs. Volunteers planted trees, others donated horses, sheep and donkeys; today you can pet pigs, llamas andalpacashereat the farm. It’s free for all to visit, however for a fee an hour-long tour can be booked where a member of staff will showyou around and perhaps even let you feed some of the animals. Food is available from the on-site Frizzante café, who also run the kitchen at Hackney City Farm.