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Brooks Farm

Last updated 11 August 2014


New Management for Brooks Farm

In April 2014, the management of Brooks Farm in Leyton was transferred from the London Borough of Waltham Forest (LBWF) to youth homelessness charity Forest YMCA (FYMCA) for a period of twenty five years.


Brooks Farm is a wonderful visitor’s attraction based inside Skeltons Lane Park, Leyton, E10. The farm has full disabled access and two disabled parking bays (call to book). Parking is widely available on Skeltons Lane or Byron Road, although we strongly advise the use of public transport.

The farm is free for visitors, but there's a charge for group tours. All group tours should be arranged in advance of the visit by contacting the farm.

During school holidays we may organise children’s activities. For more information please telephone the farm.


It is a semi-working farm with traditional livestock. Farming is seasonal and therefore the animals and what you see changes throughout the year.

Resident animals include an Irish Moiled cow, dairy goats, Oxford Down sheep, alpacas and miniature Shetland ponies. The farm also has chickens, turkeys, geese, ducks,aviary birds and small animals including chinchillas, rabbits, guinea pigs and ferrets.


City Farms are excellent spaces for learning. They are local, affordable and managed with learning in mind. Our staff provide expert knowledge and fun learning opportunities to suit most ages. All activities link to the national curriculum.

Volunteering at Brooks Farm

The farm takes adult volunteers interested in animals or gardening. Thursdays and Fridays are volunteering days and we have a wide range of people volunteering on those days. We also have children aged seven or older helping out at the farm out of school hours. We take our young helpers on a number of trips throughout the year including to the Capel Manor Show where they get to enter our animals into the judged competition.

We have a parents group that is involved in fund raising, giving ideas, and setting up activities and events.

If you are interested in any of the above please contact the farm.

Working with us

The farm works with various organisations to be of benefit to the local community. These include Children's Centres (under 5s and families), local schools, Social Services (Adults with learning difficulties), Capital Volunteering, Educational Services, The Young Offending Team, The National Federation of City Farm and Gardens, and London Farm and Gardens.

Opening times

Tuesday to Sunday (and Bank Holiday Mondays)

  • November-March: 9.30am-4.00pm
  • April-October: 10.30am-5.00pm

Opening times are subject to change. Please phone the farm to check.

Brooks Farm website 

Public transport

  • Buses: 69, 97, W16
  • British Rail: Leyton Midland Station

Admission free to Waltham Forest residents.

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