World Horse Welfare visitor centres delay reopening in wake of continuing Covid restrictions

In light of the announcement of Covid-19 restrictions continuing into July, World Horse Welfare has taken the difficult decision to postpone reopening their Rescue and Rehoming Centres to visitors. The four centres were due to reopen next week after more than a year closed to the public.

UK Director Tony Tyler said: “We were very much looking forward to having supporters back at our farms, so this is really disappointing, but the safety of our visitors and staff is paramount. We’ll be delighted to welcome everyone when restrictions are lifted, so we hope our visitors can bear with us and book a visit later in the summer.”

Anyone who has already booked their entry tickets through the new system will be contacted shortly. The latest information will be available on the World Horse Welfare website (www.worldhorsewelfare.orgRegular updates can also be found on the charity’s main Facebook page and on each centre’s own Facebook pages, where the progress of some of the rescued horses can also be followed.

Zoe Clifford from Penny Farm said: “We are certainly looking forward to welcoming everyone back to the farm, and there will be celebrations when we finally do, but in the meantime we will continue to focus on rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming as many horses as possible.”

World Horse Welfare has four Rescue and Rehoming Centres at Belwade Farm in Aberdeenshire, Penny Farm in Lancashire, Hall Farm in Norfolk and Glenda Spooner Farm in Somerset. All have been closed to the public since last March but have been continuing to rescue, care for, rehabilitate and rehome horses and ponies in need during that time despite a 20% drop in income over the pandemic.