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Welcome to Hope Pastures

Quick links
Just Giving
Amazon Wishlist

For more information on any of the above see Ways to help

Rate us on Trip Advisor

Spring Fayre, Plant and Tack sale 
Sunday 17th May10:30am to 3:00pm

universal-wishlistWe now have an Amazon Wishlist. If you would like to buy something specific for the animals, have a look at our list.

We would also like to say A BIG THANK YOU to all of you that have already bought things for us or have donated in any other way!

Money for nothing 

Most people buy things on-line these days, whether it’s Amazon, eBay or one of the thousands of other on-line suppliers.

If you buy your presents & gifts through causes/hopepastures it will link to over 2,700 of your favourite sites and every purchase you make will earn money for the sanctuary, without costing you a penny more.

Just think, if we made, say 2%, on every purchase our supporters made on-line how much animal feed and bedding that would buy?

Volunteers Needed:

Could you spare some time? We are in need of people to help with the following:

  1. Stable/yard work
  2. Manning our visitor centre, running tours & helping visitors
  3. Helping with group visits
  4. Gardening & maintenance
  5. Helping at events & shows
  6. Car boot sales
  7. Supermarket collections & bag packs
  8. Leaflet distribution

Please note that for stable/yard volunteering we usually need you to be able to commit to at least half a day a week. For all other roles you can volunteer as little or as often as you like.

If you can help, please complete our Volunteer Registration Form and submit it to us. In the unlikely event of any technical problems with this, please email Once we have your form we’ll get in touch with you about the role(s) you’re interested in.

Welcome to the Hope Pastures website. 

What we do… Hope Pastures rescues, rehabilitates and re-homes horses, ponies and donkeys. We also provide the opportunity for people to meet the animals and learn about them and how to look after them.

We are open to the public everyday free of charge 10am to 3pm (2pm in winter). Our visitor centre is open at weekends and bank holidays, with activities for you to do, information, souvenirs and refreshments.

Some of the things we offer:

  • Group visits for schools, brownies, toddler groups and pensioners
  • Pony Days
  • Birthday parties
  • Hope Pastures’ Experience
  • Events and shows
  • Corporate volunteering
  • Room hire

For more information see our What we do page.


Bessie on arrival May 2013 after a warm shower and de-loused
Showing Urine burns on Bessie’s legs
Bobby on arrival May2013 feeling a bit sorry for himself
After a good meal inside him and a thick bed of straw, Bobby was ready for a rest
Bessie in July. Her skin has healed and she is putting weight on
Bobby looking good. March 2014
Bessie looking good. March 2014

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Donations of Goods

We are very grateful for donations of:

  • Horse/pony goods
  • New items for raffles, tombolas and prizes
  • Clothes, shoes & handbags which we can turn into cash through recycling
  • DVDs & CDs
  • Antiques, collectibles & jewellery
  • Clean & complete household goods & bric-a-brac

We cannot take electrical items due to the legislation surrounding these and we can’t manage lots of dirty/broken goods, so we’d be very grateful if you could check items before donating them. We’re now registered on eBay so you can sell goods on eBay on our behalf and eBay will send us the funds. eBay don’t charge fees for charity sales, so it won’t cost anything. Details on how to sell for us on eBay are on the Ways to Help page.

Hope Pastures would like to thank its website contributors, Sophie Kendrick, Josephine Tanser, Kim Pengelly and Philip Gawthorpe, for their combined effort in bringing you this website.