A duck in a knitted shawl in London Woodlands

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I recently discovered an enchanting volunteer-run farm in Shooters Hill, South London.  It was hosting a small but interesting textile and wool festival. It was a great surprise to discover such a treasure in this built up area and the views from outside the farm are far and wide across to the City, quite clearly you see Canary Wharf and The Shard (Shooters Hill is one of the highest points in London).

http://www.thewoodlandsfarmtrust.org/

In years gone by it was a huge pig farm, complete with abattoir and the site has battled over the years against redevelopment.  It is a working farm with produce (great jam!), animals, ponds, facilities for school trips and a lovely cottage garden, namely ‘Peter Rabbit’s Garden’ complete with knitted animals and birds hidden amongst flowers and vegetables. Here are a few pics just to give you a taster of the day. I only wish I’d taken more, not only of the garden but of the festival too. Roll on next year’s one – I will go back! Here you see a scarecrow family outside the farmhouse, Jemima, a green parrot and one of the ponds with fantastic lily pads.

 

A little about the cottage garden too.

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And one marvellous exhibitor on the day.

http://www.rayslaterclothdolls.co.uk/about.html

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Wow! Her cloth dolls are amazing!
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One thought on “A duck in a knitted shawl in London Woodlands

    Fred the Needle said:
    July 14, 2018 at 6:39 am

    It is so good to hear about these places that help urban children have access to farming. A wool festival sounds wonderful and those dolls are amazing!

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