Bob the Shetland pony, Raymond the duck and the pigs Bella and Rosie are only a few of the animals that live on the farm. The farm does also have a rich wild life, and in the ponds you can find damselflies, dragonflies, mayflies and a lot of other species. Woodlands Farm Trust is an 89-acre working city farm at the bottom of Shooters Hill. It offers unique learning opportunities whilst balancing farm practice with the needs of nature conservation.
Address: 331 Shooters Hill, Welling, Kent, DA16 3RP
Cafe: Yes, but only open weekends and school holidays. They don’t have a great selection. Mostly only tea, coffee and one type of biscuits.
Pram / wheelchair / mobility friendly: Yes, you will be wheeling on grass though and some paths are a bit bumpy.
Parking: Limited parking during opening times.
Train: Welling Station, which is a 20 minute walk or connects with buses.
Bus: Bus 89 and 486 stops right outside
Phone: 020 8319 8900
Open to visitors 9.30am to 4.30pm Tuesday to Sunday, including Bank Holiday Mondays. The farm is closed on all other Mondays and Christmas Day.
The farm was started by a charitable trust in 1997 and is open to the community. It offers monthly guided tours and seasonal farm activities such as hedging, lambing and summer sheep shearing. Along with school visits, there are different children’s activities during the school holidays. You can also book educational activities such as Field Skills, Pond Dipping, Minibeast Safari and all sorts of craft activities.
Every Thursday there is a drop-in toddler group where the little ones can stay and play as long as they want before exploring the farm and meeting all the animals. As well as a new craft activity every week, the guinea pigs Tandy and Leah pop by to say hello to the children.
The farm shop sells quality local produce at reasonable prices, including home-made preserves, cakes and fire wood. At certain times of the year you can also purchase fresh beef and sausages.
MUMMY’S GIN FUND SAYS
My family and I love the farm and visit regularly with our three- and one-year-old. The trust has several events through the year that is both fun and educational for children and grown-ups. The toddler is obsessed with watching the pigs eating ‘poo’ and the lambing day was a huge success. He cannot wait until he is old enough to join in on all the activities. This year we are even booking the barn for his birthday-party. As well as visiting the animals and going for walks down by the fields, we enjoy purchasing food from the farm shop and would highly recommend buying the honey produced by the local busy bees. In the herb garden everyone can help them selves to a twig or two for their cooking for a small donation in the ‘honesty box’.
Review by: Mette Mytting Ellison