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.