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Latest News

Settling In Our rescued pygmy pigs Tall Paul and Mini Mac are settling in well. The thin, shy little boys who arrived just before Christmas certainly have come out of their shells. They are loving life, their bed, the sheep's bed, their food and their paddock. The only thing that is slightly strange is that they do not root the ground...

New Residents at the Sanctuary

Happy Hens

We rescued 10 ex battery (enriched caged) hens at the end of November throughBHWT. They are all settling in well and have found their feet.

November News The ponies are now in their bedroom at night, for all our residents, especially the elderly. This gives them safety and warmth on these cold winter nights. Just because they are native breeds and can live out does not mean they don’t enjoy the security and warmth of a stable or shelter at night. Every evening they are waiting patiently,...

Getting Ready for Winter October has been a quiet month with all the animals behaving themselves and no mishaps. This could be the calm before winter arrives. The straw and shavings have arrived and the ponies will be in at night time. Sooty, who is now 25, really does hate the rain and Brambles, who is a very old 18 due...

Sunny September at Dean Farm Trust All this warm weather has kept everyone at the sanctuary very happy; even Rosie has been in a good mood and this is without treats! She has come on so well since we rescued her in March, just see the difference in the two photos above, the most recent taken last week. A worming programme,...

The rain is here and the ponies, sheep and hens are loving it!  No flies or midges and lots of nice lush grass for Clive and her boys to eat.

Special visitor and other news We were thrilled Juliet Gellately, founder of the charity Viva!, visited our sanctuary earlier this month where she spent time with the animals. This is what she said about her time with us: “Just visited the little piece of heaven, Dean Farm (Trust) Animal Sanctuary near Chepstow and met Primrose (I'm cuddling her) and her rescued friends,...

Moving day and a new project The wet spring has gone and although June has been gloriously sunny, it has bought with it those lovely bugs and famous biting ‘horse flies’! Thanks to our kind donation of rugs last month from Rachael in Gloucester, all the ponies are well covered and protected, even our recent rescue Rosie enjoyed having her rug...

The highlight of sanctuary news this month is Clive’s leg is finally out of plaster! It has been a long and frustrating time for her but finally she is back outside with her friends....

Rescues and a break in! Following on from our groom alerting us to the plight of two ponies in need of help, the Sanctuary was pleased to receive two new residents this month....