The Sussex Horse Rescue Trust at Hempstead Farm, Uckfield has asked people to join the challenge of planting 12,000 trees and hedgerow plants.

The new tree and hedge boundaries will provide much needed natural shelter for the rescued equines in both summer and winter, as well as providing a sustainable habitat for all sorts of wildlife and plants and are to be planted between Views Wood, Hemsptead Wood and Buxted Park.

So far 2000 hedgerow plants have been planted but there is a long way to go.

A spokesperson for the trust commented on social media:

‘The project receives external funding, and exists thanks to partnership with Sussex Wildlife Trust, Sussex Flow Initiative and the Woodland Trust. There are many significant benefits to reinvesting in the land in this way, including direct benefit to equines’

Volunteer Stewardship Days (open to all from age 7yrs)

Saturday 10th February 2018 10am to 4pm
Saturday 24th February 2018 10am to 4pm

Please contact Jo at Sussex Horse Rescue Trust in advance to join us on these days or for more information –
Volunteer Days (adult only)

Thursday 25th to Friday 26th January
Wednesday 7th to Friday 9th February
Tuesday 13th February
Friday 16th to Saturday 17th February
Wednesday 21st to Thursday 22nd February

Please contact Matt in advance at to join us on these days.
Sussex Horse Rescue Trust is a charitable project, working to rehabilitate rescue horses, ponies and donkeys.

Theu believe in enriching the lives of equines in there care, regardless of background, age or condition, so that they may lead a happier, and more fulfilled life, and, where ever possible, be better placed for rehoming.

At the heart of their land development strategy, lies another mission – to enhance habitat for birds, flowering meadow and fen species, bees, moths, butterflies, bats, and reptiles.

Working with Sussex Wildlife Trust, Sussex Flow Initiative and the Woodland Trust, the team is be planting trees and shrubs such as Hazel, Willow, Elder, Hawthorn, and Field Maple, complimenting the rare and protected species on and adjacent to the site, and the number of ancient trees on site with significant value for wildlife.

Sussex Horse Rescue Trust also aims to work more closely with the local community by expanding the educational capacity around wildlife, as well as developing a more nourishing environment for the equines in their care.

The Trust Facebook site – here

The Trust Website – here