Based in Wiltshire, UK, our Sanctuary is now home to over 130 residents across 62 acres of farmland. Our residents come from different backgrounds and have extremely different personalities, but one thing they all have in common – they needed help.
Coppershell Farm Sanctuary was founded in 2019 by me and my husband. After switching to a plant-based diet in 2016, we wanted to do more for animal rights and welfare.
Having grown up in a house adjacent to Coppershell Farm, the land held a special place in Matt’s heart, so when the opportunity to run the farm presented itself in 2017 we knew this was our chance to make a real difference.
The farm was pretty basic. It consisted of a small barn (where founding Resident Jude lived) and yard, but it did come with 62 acres of grassland – perfect for a sanctuary.
It wasn’t long before word spread about our project, and we were being approached with requests to help animals in need. The Sanctuary wasn’t quite ready yet, but we knew we had to start helping ASAP – and we had the land!
The first year was the hardest. We sold our home and moved onsite into a caravan. Thankfully my husband, Matt, is a builder by trade and (alongside his full time job) spent the next year building shelters, pastures and housing for the Residents and building our new home where the barn once lay. I was also working full-time and, when I wasn’t helping with labour, ran the business side of the Sanctuary while learning to look after the increasing number of Residents at the Sanctuary.
With a lot of blood, sweat and tears, the house was completed in 2018 and the Sanctuary was starting to look like the animal haven we had always planned.
We are proud to say that, to-date, we have rescued over 400 animals. Some are still living at the Sanctuary and others have gone onto a permanent, loving home.