Woodlands Farm is a fragment of London's old countryside that offers a unique opportunity to conserve heritage landscape and promote biodiversity.
At heart this is a conservation and development project.
The ambitions of The Woodlands Farm Trust are to:
1. build a truly sustainable future through sensitive farming using native stock and working towards a sustainable, harmonious practice, minimising the impact of activities on the environment both local and global.
2. maintain the farm as a community resource, giving volunteers and the community access to education, training, experiences and tasks that they might not otherwise encounter.
3. conserve and improve the biodiversity of our 89 acres.
4. create a sustainable operating and financial structure for the future.
These ponies are recognised by their short legs and long shaggy coat. They also have a long mane which helps to protect their eyes, head and neck in cold weather.
Shetland ponies can be used as working animals as they can pull twice their own weight. Because of this they were used to pull carts of peat for fuel as well as ploughing on farms. In the 19th century children were banned from working in the coal mines and so Shetland ponies were used instead.