Easter bunnies available to adopt at Trust’s Darwin Nurseries, the unique NHS horticulture project and farm shop | News

Easter bunnies available to adopt at Trust’s Darwin Nurseries, the unique NHS horticulture project and farm shop

Visitors to Darwin Nurseries – the farm shop run by staff and co-workers from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust - have the chance to adopt a real-life Easter bunny!

The rabbits are among the most popular animals at Darwin Nurseries in Quy Water, Newmarket Road, Cambridge. Darwin Nurseries is regarded as unique within the NHS because staff from CPFT work alongside those with learning disabilities and mental health challenges.

For just £20 this Easter, people can adopt lionhead rabbit Mr Chops (pictured above with Team Manager Sandie Cain and co-worker John Borakis), dwarf bunny Oreo, or hare rabbits, Lady Hartley or Thumper.

In return, those who take up the offer will get an introduction letter, an information sheet about their animal, an adoption certificate, a photo and a badge of their rabbit.

Visits can also be pre-arranged to allow adopters to hold the rabbits or interact with some of the other animals at Darwin Nurseries including taking one of the goats for a walk or brushing and oiling Wilbur, Dave and Lorenzo, the venue’s popular pigs.

All proceeds from the adopt-an-Easter-bunny scheme will go to a special fund managed by CPFT’s Head to Toe charity to make further improvements at Darwin Nurseries which will benefit visitors, co-workers and staff.

Further details are available by visiting Darwin Nurseries.

Sandie Cain, Team Manager at Darwin Nurseries, said: “We have run a previous adoption scheme with our pigs which has been hugely popular so we thought we do a similar one with the rabbits – and what better time to adopt a rabbit than at Easter?

“The animals that we have here are really loved by all our visitors and help make Darwin Nurseries a truly special place. We provide a therapeutic environment to support adults with learning disabilities and mental health challenges to learn horticultural, animal care and retail skills.

“Easter is always one of our busiest times as everyone comes to buy plants, and we’ve got so much for visitors to see, buy and enjoy.”

Set in 7.5 acres, Darwin Nurseries is open Monday to Saturday, 9.30am to 4.30pm, and Sundays, 10am to 3.30pm.

CPFT, which employs more than 4,500 staff, provides learning disability services, community physical health services for older people and adults with long term conditions, mental health services, and children community services in Peterborough. The Trust is also renowned for its research and development work.


About Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) is a health and social care organisation, providing integrated community, mental health and learning disability services, across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, and children’s community services in Peterborough. We support a population of just under a million people and employ more than 4,500 staff. Our largest bases are at the Cavell Centre, Peterborough, and Fulbourn Hospital, Cambridge, but our staff are based in over 90 locations. We are a University of Cambridge Teaching Trust and member of Cambridge University Health Partners, working together with the University of Cambridge Clinical School.

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