The team here at AC Goatham & Son is delighted to announce we are sponsoring a conservation project at the Fenn Bell Inn at Hoo, to enable them to provide a safe haven for a variety of different and exotic species of animals and birds.
Our Turkey Hall Farm boarders the pub and we have donated £5,000 to sponsor the new Macaw Aviary. In addition to the many Macaw’s, the pub has a large collection of other exotic animals and birds, many of which have been taken in as unwanted pets or whose elderly owners are unable to look after them.
Publican Andy Cowell commented: “I’ve had a private collection of animals which are my real passion for several years and as the collection has expanded, my wife jokingly said we should open it up to the public, so this is the result of many years of hard work. This is somewhere for the local community and families in particular to go and to see a large range of exotic animals. We are working towards not just the conservation of the animals for the future but are also helping provide an education resource, contribute to tourism for Hoo and of course we will be creating extra jobs. We also aim to inspire local kids who want to be the next David Attenborough and what better place to learn than here on their doorstep!”
Carol Ford, Commercial Director at AC Goatham & Son commented: “We met the team from the Fenn Bell Inn last year after we took on a 20-year lease on the neighbouring land at Turkey Hall Farm, which we are bringing back into use as commercial orchards. This is the largest orchard planting on the peninsular for a number of years and we will be growing British Conference Pears and apples including the old favourite Cox. The Cox are being grown using a new planting system, which we hope will provide a more sustainable future for this British classic. We are passionate about conserving the fruit growing tradition here in Medway and we are equally impressed with the passion of the team at the Inn, who are helping save these different species of animals and birds.”
Visitors to the pub can visit the conservation area in the pub garden. Further details can be found at http://www.fennbellinn.co.uk