Lifelong Sanctuary for Livestock in Need

our 2022 calendar is now available

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About Us

Manor Farm Charitable Trust

Manor Farm Charitable Trust is an established charity based in the historic village of Bilsthorpe in north Nottinghamshire.

We provide lifelong sanctuary for livestock in need, particularly elderly, disabled farm animals and those with special behavioural needs. We often take difficult to rehome animals from other rescue charities and offer them loving care and rehabilitation.

The sanctuary was privately established in 2011 and gained registered charity status in July 2017.

In the news:

BBC - Stumble, the one-legged duck given wheelchair

Metro - One-legged duck called Stumble needs a wheelchair to get around

60 Second Docs - Life On A Special Needs Animal Farm

Daily Mail - Dolly the goat has her own male nanny

Northern Pictures Kids - News of the Wild (Australia)
(Use password AnimalStories)

BBC Three - Amazing Humans: Special Needs Farm

BBC - Countryfile Autumn Diaries (35:20)

BBC One - Sunday Morning Live

ITV This Morning - Life on the farm for animals with special needs

Notts TV - Ey Up Notts, feature at 3:51

BBC News - Bilsthorpe farm care for ‘special needs animals’

Daily Mail - Animal outcasts sanctuary in Britain's wonderfully eccentric farm

The Telegraph - ‘Special needs’ farm takes on animals unwanted by other sanctuaries

Chad - Meet the Bilsthorpe sanctuary that cares for farm animals with special needs

Manor Farm Charitable Trust Sheep

Our Beliefs

  • We’re passionate about high standards of welfare for farm animals in the human food chain.
  • We believe that every animal deserves a good start, middle and end to their life, and should be treated with compassion and respect.
  • We know that animals are as individual as people, with complex needs and strong emotional connections to other animals and humans.
  • We believe that no animal should be exploited for their productivity, but the things that they provide naturally such as eggs and fleece should not be wasted, viewed instead as valuable gifts.

& Promises

  • We offer food, shelter, love and companionship to all the animals in our care for the length of their life here with us.
  • We don’t breed – there are enough unwanted animals in the world without us adding to the list.
  • We don’t send to slaughter – animals at the end of their life are humanely put to sleep by a qualified vet.
  • We don’t rehome – the animals that come to us are given a home for life. Unfortunately this means that we have restrictions on numbers, unless and until we’re able to expand our facilities.

We refer wildlife and domestic pets (cats, dogs, rabbits) to other specialist animal charities: Brinsley Animal Rescue, Cats Protection and Dogs Trust.

Manor Farm Charitable Trust

Our Animals

We currently have around 170 animals in our care, including sheep, goats, donkeys, ponies, pigs, hens, ducks and geese.

Profiles coming soon

But meanwhile please get all the latest animal stories on our Facebook page

Tweet, Tweet!

@EmmyCurtis19 @holly Thank you so much! 😊🐑🐐🐴🦆🐓🐷

Yesterday from Manor Farm Charitable Trust's Twitter via Twitter for iPhone


We raise money to support our animal care via corporate sponsorship, public donations, egg sales from our Egg Club and yarn sales from our single sheep artisan yarn brand, Hooligan Yarns.

Manor Farm Charitable Trust

We also hold fundraising and awareness-building Open Days, and host special interest groups or individual visitors throughout the rest of the year, by appointment.

If you’d like to organise a visit here to meet the animals and learn about our work, please contact

All donations go directly to pay for feed, bedding, medication, veterinary care and the employment of our dedicated and experienced animal handling team: our ‘Animal Angels’. Our paid staff are supported by enthusiastic volunteers who help us get important extra jobs done to maintain our very high standards of welfare.

our 2022 calendar is now available

Manor Farm Charitable Trust Calendar 2021

12 beautiful photos of our rescued and rehomed animals here at Manor Farm Charitable Trust. Our 2022 calendar has again been specially created for us by artist and supporter Emma Ball. It features some of the big characters we have here at the charity, so if you’ve followed the stories of Clarissa the hen, Snowy and Rosie the goats and Clive the duck, and would like to support their care, please buy a copy!

Thanks to Emma’s generosity, all proceeds go directly to support our animals. The A4 sized calendar is printed on high quality card and will make a lovely gift.

There are three shipping zones for our calendars – the UK, Europe and the rest of the world. Orders will be processed within 3 business days.

(£10 inc P&P)

(£13 inc P&P)

Rest of the World
(£16 inc P&P)

it's easy to donate...

Even small amounts can make a big difference to us. Just £1 can buy our hens some lovely veggie treats!

Or if you prefer to donate by bank transfer:
Account Name: Manor Farm Charitable Trust
Sort Code: 60-14-03
Account No: 61026018

Manor Farm Charitable Trust Thank You

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