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  • 2nd March - 3 ponies were today delivered to Lake Meadow in Battle.
  • 1st February - The 11 Birling Gap ponies were today moved over to begin grazing Hindover.
  • 24th January - Grazing has now ended at Shooter's Bottom and the 15 ponies are at Gayles Farm.
  • 11th November - 11 ponies were delivered to the National Trust's Birling Gap today to commence this winter's grazing.
  • 1st November - Grazing has now finished at Lake Meadow in Battle and there are now 14 ponies on Frances Bottom.
  • 19th October - Four ponies were today delivered to Ditchling Common to begin this year's grazing and four also to Misbourne Valley on Ashdown Forest. There are no longer any ponies on Chailey Combined Commons but there are now three on Lane End Common.
  • 5th October - There are now 11 ponies on Frances Bottom at Beachy Head.
  • 30th September - The grazing at Palesgate Meadow is now complete.
  • 22nd September - 15 ponies today arrived at Belle Tout. There are no longer any ponies at Broadwater Warren.
  • 12th September - Today we delivered three ponies to the National Trust's Lake Meadow in Battle. 
  • 17th August - Three ponies today arrived at Palesgate Meadow to begin the late summer graze. There are no longer any ponies on Berwick Down.
  • 12th May - Gayles Farm grazing has now ended. The 15 ponies have arrived to graze two areas at RSPB Broadwater Warren.
  • 2nd December - Our new SPGCT 2015 Prospectus is now available to view online, packed with loads of info about the Trust and our work. 

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We are delighted to be launching our brand new website in 2014. It has been made possible by part-funding from the Brian Miles Memorial Fund. Brian was one of the founders of the Trust and one of its staunchest lookers, once recruiting a group of walkers on Christmas Day to jo in him to see the ponies and sing carols on the way. He requested that donations in his memory be passed on to the Trust and we are very pleased that the funds have gone to such good use in publicising our conservation grazing schemes.


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SPGCT in the press


Lovely article featuring one of our Lookers, Jennifer Binnie in Your County magazine.

The National Trust announce the return of our ponies to their site at Birling Gap, giving very useful visitor information on the benefits of grazing and how people should behave around the ponies.

Hastings Borough Council press release about the ponies return to the Firehills.

RSPB South East press release about the arrival of our ponies to their Broadwater Warren reserve.

Find out more about our new grazing site Palesgate Meadow in Crowborough Life

Read an interview with our Grazing co-ordinator in NativePony magazine.

Read a feature about one of our longest running grazing sites in the MOD Sanctuary magazine.

See what the RSPB posted about the arrival of our ponies on their Broadwater Warren reserve.


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