The farm was saved by the community from development by house builders in a successful local campaign stretching from 1995 to 1997. It was previously threatened by the Greater London Council plan for the East London river crossing and road scheme which crossed the land and was planned to run through the adjacent ancient forest. The farm is located on  Shooter’s Hill, situated a vein of protected Metropolitan Open strectching from Eltham to Plumstead and Welling in South East London, across Shooter’s Hill (A207 road) from Oxleas Wood and located next to the new London Olympic Legacy Horse Riding College.
The farm consists of various farm buildings and storage buildings, an apple tree orchard and nursery, an environmental monitoring pondside location with integrated solar-charged laptops for school children (funded by Lloyds Banking Group, sheep pasteur and 30 acres of rare European Funded Meadow Grass Hay Fields. The charity benefits from tenant allotment keepers, including local schools and from rent on a patch of developed adjacent land.
Open from Tuesday – Sunday, 9.30am -4.30pm.
Events at Woodland Farm:-
South East London Wool and Textile Festival –
Sat 29th Jun 11:00 – Sun 30th 16:00
The South East London Wool and Textile Festival is back, bigger, more vibrant, with wonderful creative flair for all those lovers of colour, art, fun and hands on experiences.
Sponsored by Goldsmiths (University of London) (in association with their textile department.) Featuring Emily Tull internationally recognised embroiderer and contestant on Sky Portrait Artist of the Year
Also workshops in Textile crafts , kids art tables, upcycling, makers market.
You will get to wander in the fibre art gallery, where there will be amazing professional artists including their guest artists Jessica Taylor’s amazing embroidery and blackwork and Joan Kendall’s stunning weaving. There will also be work by talented local community artists.
They have bookable and drop in workshops and bookable workshops on tunisian crochet and much much more. All workshops are bookable from April 1 firstname.lastname@example.org just drop them an email. Book early to avoid disappointment.
They will of course have a series of talks this year including a fantastic talk from Cultural Connections on the history and beauty of Sari’s and more.
Plus of course their contemporary textile market. Meet local designers and makers, buy unique and exclusive products, and the materials to make your own creations .
All of this takes place on the beautiful 89 acre Farm so you can make a whole day of it and even bring a picnic to enjoy with the family there are loads of wonderful natural places to sit and see the animals and nature. You might even get a chance to ride on a tractor.
Tue 13th Aug 10:00 – 13:00
See if you can find your way round the farm using a map. Can you find all the controls? Just make sure you don’t get lost!
No need to book, just drop in. £2 per child
Potty about Poultry?
Thu 15th Aug 10:00 – 12:00
Do your love chickens and ducks? Come and do their fun poultry facts trail as you learn all about them round the farm, before having a chance to decorate your own egg cup to take home.
No need to book, just drop in. £3 per child
Have a look at their website for more events:- https://www.thewoodlandsfarmtrust.org/