About the Sanctuary

Morning hugs with Truly

Welcome to Greenland Grove Animal Sanctuary, a home to over one hundred animals and birds.  It is situated on grassland backing onto St Osyth Creek. The aim of the sanctuary is to give a peaceful loving home to animals in need, including horses and other domesticated or farm animals.

Most of the animals in our care are elderly or have health issues.  We do have a few younger animals at the sanctuary who have medical or behaviour problems or who, after being nursed back to health, were so settled that it was kinder to let them stay.  We want every animal to feel special, so we do have to limit the amount of animals in our care, and every horse/pony has its own stable.

Rodney, a chestnut horse, has been with us since 1999. He was involved in a road accident and dragged along the road whilst harnessed up in a cart. His wounds healed, but as he had panic attacks due to anxiety, he was declared unfit to ride or drive.  Rodney has been at the sanctuary for many years now and is a great favourite, especially at the Open days.

All animal lovers welcome at Open Day!

It is very important that animals feel valued and loved when they arrive at the sanctuary. A sick animal that is loved will always do its best for you. It’s much easier to treat an animal that wants to live than one that has given up. This works for us over and over again. Some of our animals have pulled through an illness when the vet has given very little hope of recovery.

We have no paid staff but we are lucky to have some very valued volunteers and friends, who either help with the animals or fundraising. It costs over £2000 a month in food, bedding, vets fees and repairs to care for the animals. If you would like to help, please see our ‘How to Help the Sanctuary’ page.

If you would like to make a donation , please follow the link below:


For more information: tarkie@tiscali.co.uk or write to us at The Animal Sanctuary, Greenland Grove, St. Osyth, Essex, CO16 8JE. 

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