WW1 Roots for Hero Horses
To commemorate the fallen horses of WW1, Sussex Horse Rescue Trust is working with The Woodland Trust, Sussex Wildlife Trust, and Sussex Flow Initiative to plant over 21,000 hedges and trees. These hedgerows and trees will provide natural shelter and shade for our rescued horses and donkeys, and will also have a valuable impact on local nature and wildlife. The leaves that fall from our new hedges and trees every autumn will remind us all of the fallen horses that were lost during WW1.
Remembering the past, caring for the future!
Join us on our inaugural Roots for Hero Horses day on Sunday 12th August 2018 at the grounds of Hempstead Farm, Uckfield. Fun events will be taking place throughout the day, including pony rides in the morning with grooming sessions in the afternoon, themed music, ‘Paint a Poppy on a Pebble’ activity, homemade lemonade stand, as well as refreshments from our tea shop. See our ‘News and Events’ page for more information.
How to be involved!
From 3rd September 2018, we are inviting schools to get involved in this important environmental project, by asking pupils to write a story, or make a collage, which depicts the life of a horse in WW1. The best 30 stories will form part of a special commemorative book, signed by a celebrity, and awarded to the winners on our WW1 Roots for Hero Horses Gala day in June 2019. Each school that returns their chosen six stories, along with a fundraising donation, will be associated with 30 hedgerow trees and the Centenary Avenue. Their name will also be on the fence line, in the form of a plaque and a lucky horse shoe, to show their involvement. One winner will receive a free visit for their class to Sussex Horse Rescue Trust (maximum 35 children). The lucky winner and their classmates will enjoy an educational workshop about horses and donkeys in WW1 through to the present day, set in the beautiful grounds of Hempstead Farm, Uckfield. They will also receive sponsorship of a chosen horse, pony or donkey, as will all runners up.
All we ask is that every school, wishing to take part, commits to raising funds for the daily care of our equines. It costs £10 a day to care for each animal so we encourage you to run this as a whole school project, to help raise as much money as possible. Our lead schools are aiming to raise £1,000 each. Use your imaginations because our biggest fundraisers may appear in the press!
Supported by Manor Park and Hempstead Fields Resident’s Association and kindly sponsored by Peter Oliver Homes