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Statement - Coronavirus Closure

In response to the growing need for people to stay safe at home during the Coronavirus outbreak, the Rare Breeds Centre will be closing from Sunday 22nd March until further notice.

Although we know this will come as a disappointment to our visitors, we recognise that we have an important role to play in supporting the Government’s policy of social distancing to prevent the spread of the virus. As a provider of homes and training for adults with a learning disability, we also have a duty to protect the health and safety of our service users and staff, as well as the general public.

Throughout the closed period, our staff will be working hard to look after our animals and we will keep you all up to date with developments on the farm via our social media channels. Look out for some lovely photos of our new lambs…!

We will be in touch with all annual pass holders in due course to discuss arrangements for extending your membership period.

Any school bookings or Falconry Experiences will be rearranged when the site reopens.

These are especially worrying times for us, as our charity – The Canterbury Oast Trust - relies on the income we receive from the Rare Breeds Centre to help support the vulnerable adults in our care. If you were planning to make a visit over the next few months and feel that you might be able to donate your admission fee to support us through this challenging period, it would make a huge difference.

You can help us by visiting: https://www.justgiving.com/cot/donate

Thank you.

Until we can welcome you again (and we hope it won’t be too long), we wish you and your families good health and happiness. Please do take care and keep yourselves safe.

The Rare Breeds Centre Team