Belwade farm now a quarter-century old

MP Stuart Donaldson with Digger, one of Europe's largest horses
MP Stuart Donaldson with Digger, one of Europe's largest horses

World Horse Welfare’s Deeside-based rescue and rehoming centre, Belwade Farm, has marked its 25th year since opening in 1990.

The farm was opened by HRH The Princess Royal, World Horse Welfare’s President, on August 20, 1990.

It has undergone numerous developments over the last quarter of a century to become Scotland’s largest horse rescue and rehoming centre.

Centre Manager, Eileen Gillen, said: “I’m so proud of everything we have achieved to help horses at Belwade over the last 25 years which wouldn’t have been possible without the dedication of our supporters, rehomers, volunteers, fundraisers, specialists and staff.

“We’ve had so many fantastic moments but my personal favourite is seeing how our horses and ponies flourish during their time at the centre and the culmination of this is when they set off to start their new lives with our rehomers.”

MP for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine, Stuart Donaldson, recently visited Belwade Farm. He said: “I was delighted to visit Belwade recently and had a fantastic time meeting a number of the staff and horses there, including the infamous Clydesdale Digger!

“The work that World Horse Welfare’s Belwade farm does to support horses and the horse community in Scotland is invaluable and I wish them the best for the next 25 years which I am sure will see many more important achievements.”

The team at Belwade Farm would love to hear from anyone willing to share anecdotes, photos, videos and stories of their involvement with the centre to help celebrate this milestone in its history.