Bransby Horses edible garden

On Saturday 2nd June 2018 six members of the STERIS Animal Health team polished off their gardening tools and headed to Bransby Horses in Lincolnshire to help the charity create an edible garden.

Founded in 1968 by Mr. Peter Hunt, Bransby Horses is one of the UK’s largest equine welfare charities. They provide rescue, rehabilitation, rehoming and a safe haven for every horse, donkey and mule that is rescued and cared for. Their site is based over 600 acres and cares for more than 400 rescued horses and donkeys, with a gift shop, café and children’s play area.

Over the course of the day, the teams worked side-by-side to create six raised beds filled with an array of produce including, lettuce, courgettes, carrots, runner beans and onions to be used in the kitchens of the on-site ‘Feedroom Café’.

On admission every animal undergoes a screening process including microchipping and passport issue, vaccinations, dental treatment, foot trim, full blood profile, salmonella testing, worm count and delousing, costing in the region of £219.73 per horse. This cost significantly increases when a horse or donkey is seriously ill; the charity will provide wound dressings, sedatives, anti-inflammatory medicines, antibiotics, in-depth blood profiling, IV fluids and plasma transfusions, as required. All of this additional medical support can cost in excess of £1,810 each week even with generous donations from veterinary care suppliers.

Many of the horses rescued by the charity have long-term medical problems that may be difficult or expensive to treat and as such, these horses are not considered suitable for rehoming and stay with Bransby Horses to receive the appropriate care and attention.

The STERIS Animal Health team wanted to provide Bransby Horses with ongoing levels of sustainability and as such, the edible garden was created.

“Supporting animal health welfare charities is incredibly important to us at STERIS Animal Health and it is at the core of our business’ DNA. As a relatively new entrant to the market our contributions are modest, so when we approached Bransby Horses we didn’t know what the best way to support them might be. Their engagement team came up with the idea of an edible garden of raised beds which we funded together with our team volunteering their time to help such a worthwhile cause.

The charity has worked tirelessly over the last 50 years to look at ways to include the general public in their work and to help and support their sustainability to help as many horses, donkeys and mules that need it.

Over the next 12 months we hope to continue to support Bransby Horses and are currently looking at ways in which we may be able to support the veterinary team at the charity.” – Kat Holt, Head of Corporate Development for STERIS Animal Health

“We are grateful to the STERIS Animal Health team for their generous contribution to our worthwhile cause. With over 400 horses and donkeys in our care at the moment, we are always looking for volunteers, donations and gifts to enable us to continue our vital work to rescue and rehabilitate animals in desperate need. STERIS Animal Health have helped us to provide produce to use in our café which can be sold to visitors and supporters resulting in vital revenues for our work.” – Kirsty Mathieson, Volunteer Coordinator, Bransby Horses

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