Visit the donkeys at Hatchlands Park

Donkeys at Hatchlands Park

At Hatchlands we’ve decided to foster two beautiful, friendly donkeys from The Donkey Sanctuary. Why not drop in to see them and make a new friend, you can visit them whenever our parkland is open.

Both of our donkeys were abandoned in Ireland and were part of groups rounded up by local councils. They were transported to The Donkey Sanctuary in Devon in 2013 where they received check-ups, medicals and lots of fuss and attention from the sanctuary staff. As both were such pleasant natured donkeys, it was felt that they’d benefit from joining the foster programme. They arrived with us in September 2015.
This means that we’re now the proud foster parents of a skewbald donkey called Morris and a smaller, chubbier brown donkey called Callum. Morris is the more outgoing of the pair but Callum is blessed with very attractive stripy legs. Both have pleasingly long ears.
Donkeys were used here to teach children to ride during the Rendel era
A Victorian donkey at Hatchlands
Donkeys were used here to teach children to ride during the Rendel era

Their days are now spent roaming their field in our 400 acres of parkland and at night time they are put to bed in the cosy stables in our courtyard. Morris and Callum have both adapted brilliantly to their new surroundings, aided by our team of dedicated donkey wranglers.
Morris and Callum have all sorts of care needs that our donkey wranglers assist with. They groom the donkeys and ensure the cleanliness of their stable and grazing area, keep an eye on their food and water, turning them out every morning and putting them away each night. As the donkeys become used to their new home we’ll be carrying out daily halter training so that they become familiar with handling and dealing with visitors.
So, if you’d like to visit Callum and Morris, just head over to Hatchlands and you’ll find them in their grazing area at the bottom of our wildflower meadow. If it’s a bad weather day then you can find them well sheltered in our courtyard, close to their stable. You’re welcome to stroke their noses or provide a tickle behind the ears, but we would ask that you never feed them by hand. This encourages them to expect food from everyone and fingers can look deceptively like carrots to a donkey.
Callum and Morris look forward to welcoming you to Hatchlands. We know because they told us.