Case Studies

Farm has new CCTV – no a-llama

by Mark Rowe

Vauxhall City Farm has new CCTV. The London farm’s Chief Executive, Monica Tyler, says: “Our previous CCTV was well past its ‘use-by’ date. Although it was still working, it lacked the functionality we needed to ensure around the clock security of our animals and property, as well as ensuring compliance with our health and safety procedures.

“The new CCTV system, generously donated and installed by WLS, has transformed our working lives by providing us with peace of mind in knowing we can monitor every area of the farm, including our recently opened eco-garden, without any blind spots.

“The quality of the images captured by the Dahua cameras enable us to see close up detail of any activity or incident, whilst I and other colleagues are able to use an app running on our mobile phones to remotely keep an eye on the farm when it is closed and if there is an alarm event.”

About the farm

Within earshot of Big Ben, Vauxhall City Farm is one of the oldest and most central urban farms in London. The farm, a registered charity, dates from 1976 when architects began working on a vacant plot of land and made it available to local residents for them to grow vegetables and care for livestock. The farm is now the home to over 100 animals, a riding centre and a cafe, and backed by volunteers, who work on dozens of education and youth projects.

WLS’s connection with Vauxhall City Farm spans 15 years. The firm (previously known as West London Security) has installed and maintained the farm’s fire and intruder detection systems, as well as the now previous CCTV system. Alison Ewen, the wife of WLS’s managing director Jeremy Ewen, has been a volunteer there for over 20 years, and was appointed a trustee specialising in Riding for the Disabled.

Jeremy Ewen said: “As a company which has enjoyed considerable success installing a great number of electronic security solutions across London, we believe we have a corporate responsibility to give something back to the community. We have welcomed the opportunity to do so by supporting a charity which we have such high regard for, in respect of the support, education and enjoyment it gives to so many people.”

About WLS Ltd

Set up in 1983, the company delivers access control, video surveillance, fire and intruder detection, electric gates and IRS (reception systems). Work has ranged from small scale installations such as the replacement of a fire alarm at an exclusive Private Member’s Club in Mayfair, to the installation of HD video surveillance at the London Olympic Stadium and at the National Archives building in Kew, west London. Visit

More about the Farm

Pictured courtesy of Vauxhall City Farm; an October 1 visit by the Earl and Countess of Wessex.

Vauxhall City Farm and The Old Dairy Café are open to visitors; 10.30am to 3.30pm, Tuesday to Sunday. Booking is NOT required.

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