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Wildlife conservation of local downland and heathland

How you can help

There are many ways to get involved with the Trust's work. Whether you would like to volunteer some time and help check the ponies, get more hands-on with our work-party or simply make a financial contribution, we'd love to hear from you. If you don't find all the information you need here please don't hesitate to contact us.

 

Donations

The Sussex Pony Grazing and Conservation Trust needs your support to help fund our important work conserving the Sussex countryside. We are very grateful for any amount you can give.

Donate online

It's easy to donate online. Just click on the BT mydonate button below and it will take you straight through to a quick and secure way to pledge. You can add GiftAid at no extra cost.

 

Postal donations

If you would prefer to make a postal donation please make a cheque payable to The Sussex Pony Grazing and Conservation Trust and send it to the address below:

Clare McCullough
Branden Cottage 
Biddenden Road 
Sissinghurst
Kent
TN17 2AB

 

To set-up a regular payment, fill out the Standing order mandate form and return it to your bank.      

If you are a UK taxpayer, the value of your donation can be increased by the tax office at no cost to you subject to you providing written authority. Please fill out the Gift Aid Form and return it with your donation.

If you are entitled to a tax rebate, you might wish to consider donating. To donate all or part of your tax rebate to this charity please enter the following code in your tax return: SAR96VG

 

Volunteering

We welcome practical assistance from anyone interested in helping to maintain the aims of the Trust.

Most of our volunteers are Lookers, who take turns to visit the ponies on their grazing sites, usually just one day each month, to check:

  • that all ponies are present
  • all are fit and well
  • the water trough is full and not frozen
  • fences and gates are sound.

We encourage people to sign-up for sites that are close-by to where they live to keep travel to a minimum. There are no special requirements for the role, beyond being able and willing to go out on sometimes rough terrain and whatever the weather. We give all Lookers a short training session before they start to familiarise them with Exmoor ponies and their welfare requirements. Lookers duties are set out in a rota for three month intervals by the Grazing Co-ordinator, with whom they can make telephone contact should a problem arise.

Help is also needed from fit, active people when rounding up the herds prior to transfer to another site.

For enquiries concerning lookering or practical help, please contact the Grazing Co-ordinator by email at: sussexmoors@yahoo.co.uk or by phone on: 07917420296.

 

Other volunteers are responsible for administrative, financial or publicity tasks. At present we are particularly keen to hear from anyone with fundraising expertise. If you think you might be able to help please contact the secretary (details below).

 

Become a member

If you do not wish to get involved as a volunteer you can still support the Trust by becoming a member. As a member you have a right to vote at the Annual General Meeting. You will receive our regular newsletter and be kept up-to-date will all the Trust's activities. To join, please fill out this Membership form and return it to the address below.

For membership and general enquiries please contact the Secretary at:

 

Clare McCullough
Branden Cottage
Biddenden Road
Sissinghurst
Kent
TN17 2AB

Telephone: (+44)  01580 714591 
Email: claremccullough7@gmail.com>

Charity number 1108065

 

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Looking for Committee Members

Could you help our charity by becoming a member of our Committee?

It's not just the many volunteers that lend practical help with the ponies that keeps the Trust running smoothly, there's a lot more that goes on behind the scenes. We are always keen to hear from anyone who might have relevant skills or experience that could benefit our organisation.

We are currently looking for a new Chairperson to oversee the running of the Committee and the Trust and a Treasurer to manage our accounts. If you think you might be able to help or would like to find out more, please contact our secretary at: claremccullough7@gmail.com

 

 

Where your money goes

Whilst grazing payments cover the day-to-day running costs of the Trust, charitable grants and donations are vital in providing for all other necessary expenses, critical to the existence and sustainability of our organisation. 

Your donations have assisted greatly in helping us to cover:

  • veterinary costs and medicines
  • purchase of original ponies
  • capital purchases such as a mobile handling system, flatbed trailer and Trust vehicle
  • fencing equipment
  • animal transportation
  • administration and publicity

A very big thank-you for all your support.

 

  

A good 'Looker'

The term 'Looker' comes from Old English and literally means 'one who watches over'. It was historically used to to describe a shepherd or herdsperson and there are references to it's use in nearby Pevensey Levels. Whilst the animals and circumstances may be slightly different, it is a geographically appropriate term and aptly describes the role our volunteers fulfil.

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