Animal rescue centre given three months to quit

A Whyteleafe animal rescue centre has been given until December 17 to quit the nine acre farm it has occupied for 12 years.

And Trudy Osborne and Tracey Jefcut who previously ran the rescue centre in Warlingham are still shocked at receiving a letter from Mrs Patricia Simon of London, owner of Torwood Farm, giving them three months to pack up all the animals on site and leave.

Torwood Farm is currently home to 20 horses, two mules, two turkeys, nine chickens and a cockerel, four guinea pigs, eight rabbits, two goats, nine ducks, five geese and two tortoises.

Trudy, who has lived in Whyteleafe all her life, said the letter from Mrs Simon was a total shock.

“I pay £500 per month for rent” said Trudy, “and I am not a registered charity but we do  rely on donations and fundraising to keep going.

“Mrs Simon has said she wants the land back and has plans for it but she didn’t say what they are. At the moment I just don’t know what to do. I may downsize and move many of the animals to a new site if I can find one. Or I may find new homes for the residents of Torwood Farm. I am willing to talk to anyone who wants to adopt an animal or can find us a new home.”

At the time of writing the Gazette is attempting to contact Mrs Simon for a comment.

Photos by kevin black show Tracey Jefcut with Cranberry and another two residents, Popeye and Olive.

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