Members of the public got to see more than just plants and flowers at this year’s BBC Gardener’s World Show - they also got to meet some of our lovely donkeys! The show, lasting four days at the NEC Birmingham, is a haven for everything horticultural and hundreds of visitors flocked to see show gardens and meet celebrity experts such as Monty Don and Alan Titchmarsh. Our donkeys went along as part of this celebration of all things in nature and the outdoors (not to mention the gardeners that may have been eyeing up the manure as fertiliser for their plots!).
Different donkeys went each day and so visitors got to meet a number of our gentle natured donkeys:
- Cisco - a miniature donkey originally from Texas.
- Teddy and Tony - two grey donkeys previously from Blackpool beach.
- Jacko - one of our most chilled out boys from Dover.
- Rambo - an old gentleman from Wales.
- Dylan - a very cute and mischievous boy from Kent.
All of our boys had a fantastic time munching on the grass, meeting visitors and receiving a lot of fuss and attention from their adoring fans! As you can see by the photo, little Dylan was especially interested by the giant grass horse - maybe he recognised a slightly strange looking cousin?
Visiting shows such as BBC Gardener’s World not only helps spread the word about the work that the charity does, it also raises much needed funds to help us continue to care for our 20 donkeys that currently live here at our donkey assisted therapy centre in Birmingham. The staff and donkeys would like to say a huge thank you to the organisers for including the donkeys on their list of exhibitors, as well as to the many visitors who generously donated. The donkeys had a brilliant week amongst the shrubs and flowers, even if they didn’t get a glimpse of Alan Titchmarsh!