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Summer 2012 at Hopefield Animal Sanctuary


Phoenix FM’s Ed Wellman explores Brentwood’s Hopefield Animal Sanctuary.

I wonder how long you have lived or worked in Brentwood? For me, it is close on 14 years now, yet until a couple of years ago I had never discovered the gem that lies at the end of Sawyers Hall Lane, spanning a site across the fields to the A12 southbound. Here you will find a special world. 260 happy and contented rescued animals and a dedicated staff that look after them and welcome you. There is something for everyone here.

Hopefield Animal Sanctuary was established by Ernie and Paula Hall 26 years ago now. It provides a much needed home for animals that for one reason or another have no where else to go. As well as being a top visitor attraction in Essex, the Sanctuary also provides the opportunity for people of all ages to get involved in learning how to care for animals. From the biggest to the smallest and youngest to oldest, you can get up close with all the furry friends here.

I spent a wonderful afternoon here for Phoenix FM this week; I met Liane Algiss, the Deputy Manager and her team of staff. Take a read and a listen now to find out all about Brentwood’s Hopefield Animal Sanctuary, and make sure you pay them a visit this summer.

Liane introduced me to Hopefield:

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We went into the stable buildings and met a pig called Derek who was rescued from the A127 last week, and some runner ducks.

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Here is Derek the pig – he wasn’t very good at standing still.

There are lots of ways to get involved and some special weekly events this summer:

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Volunteers Louie Wicks and Julie Lardner introduced me to some of the smaller animals.

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Richard Wood and Loie Lardner told me they love helping out too:

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A big thank you to the staff and animals for making me so welcome. This is one of Brentwood’s gems. Do find time to visit Hopefield Animal Sanctuary this summer. Open everyday 1 – 5pm. And, a special date is Sunday 19th August – the Hopefield Open Day, which also includes a Birds of Prey Display Team.

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