Our Rare Breeds

The Rare Breeds Centre is playing its part in maintaining diversity among the animal population of Britain. We are making a contribution to preserving different varieties of livestock and poultry while our work ensures that Rare Breeds can be enjoyed by future generations.

Canterbury Oast Trust and Life Skills - projects on the farm

The Rare Breeds Centre was opened in 1992 by Canterbury Oast Trust who purchased Highlands Farm. It is a crucial part of the charity's work to involve people who have learning disabilities in the conservation work. Life skills projects for people with learning disabilities who live on the farm or from the community of Kent and East Sussex include care and support of the animals and growing and nurturing plants and vegetables. Life Skills

Animals on the farm designated as Rare Breeds:

Murray is holding one of our piglets. We have many protected breeds of pigs on the farm.

Farmer Davy McColm is not only responsible for the farm and its livestock but is an expert on rare breed animals. He also helps with events on the farm.

We have many rare breed sheep on the farm and Thomas (pictured) participates in caring for animals, one of our Life Skills projects.

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Winter – 2nd November to 24th March
Open Tuesday to Sunday (closed Mondays) 10.30am-4.30pm


Summer prices - from 25th March 2016
Open every day 10.30am-5.30pm

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Set on a beautiful 100 acre farm in Woodchurch near Ashford, Kent, the Rare Breeds Centre was founded by COT in 1992. COT provides homes and life skills opportunities on the farm and in other locations to people with learning disabilities

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Rare Breeds Survival Trust

We are proud to be a member of the RBST

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