Heavy Horse Event 2023

Posted by Bunkers Hill Plant Nursery on 21st Sep 2023

We are excited to announce that from our Heavy Horse Event, you helped us raise an incredible £4,623.34 for the wonderful local charities Restore and BBOWT?

This amazing amount will go a long way in providing funds for Restore’s Beehive workshops/activities that help & support people struggling with their mental health, as well as helping our local Wildlife Trust in continuing their work on protecting habitats for vulnerable species of flora & wildlife ?

We were pleased to welcome so many of you to this unique event. The stars of the show were of course Flynn, Kipp & Harry who captured the hearts of all of us?. We would like to thank James from Wessex Working Horses, Kate from Rowan Working Horses & Dave for showing us the skills of their horses. It was spellbinding to watch.

We couldn’t have asked for better weather to allow everyone to spend time meeting the horses & to have their questions answered.

Little ones were kept busy doing the nature trail & hook-a-duck (although this kept the grown ups entertained too). A big thank you to the Bunkers Hill team for supervising these activities.

A big thank you to our volunteers from the Oxfordshire Bee Keeping Association who gave us a chance to sample some delicious honey & find out all about bees ? and to BBOWT for sharing information about exploring local nature & wildlife spots.

We hope you enjoyed it as much as us & hope you’ll join us again next year!

Thank you
Andrew, Liz, Lucy & Simon


Previous post leading up to the event: 

Last year you got to meet Flynn who is a working Shire ~ an English native breed which is currently classified as ‘at risk’ on the Rare Breeds Survival Trust register. After the success of last year, the Heavy Horse Event at Bunkers Hill Plant Nursery returns...this time with MORE heavy horses.

We are pleased to announce that this year Kate from Rowan Working Horses will be joining James from Wessex Working Horses so there will be three heavy horses who will demonstrate spectacularly the traditional methods used to manage wildflower meadows. They will be using a horse-drawn mower to cut through the meadow and then a horse-drawn rake to collect the cuttings to make haystacks for wildlife.

We have decided to use a traditional method of wildflower meadow management because it causes low noise disturbance for wildlife, it aids with distribution of existing seeds & it’s a low pollution method…also we LOVE heavy horses at Bunkers!

You will have a chance to: 

* Meet Flynn & friends ~ watch him work, stroke him, have some pictures, ask James some questions 

* Get involved ~ do some hand raking & make haystacks whilst the horses rest

* Have a FREE hot drink from our tearoom or treat yourself to a slice of cake 

* Enjoy/purchase some apple juice from Pershore college 

* See the Restore tuk-tuk & learn about the amazing work they do for mental health in Oxfordshire 

* Enter the Harvest Raffle for some amazing prizes 

* Get creative - fun autumnal activities for children & nature quiz 

* Buy some autumnal treats & gifts - jams & marmalades from Porch Preserves, Oxfordshire honey, juices, greeting cards, wildlife boxes & more 

* Get some hints & tips for creating your own wildflower meadow or clover lawn 

* talk to BBOWT (wildlife trust) about what you can do to help with nature conservation & where you can go to see some our nation’s beautiful reserves

* Learn about beekeeping with the Oxfordshire Beekeeping association 

* donate ~ we will be raising funds for BBOWT (wildlife trust) to create other wildflower meadows across the country & Restore to help them continue running more workshops 

We are looking forward to seeing you there!