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Emergency Flood Crisis 2023

Storm Babet brought unprecedented rainfall to the UK on Friday 20th October. The village of Bransby flooded with surface water, along with more than 40% of the charity’s land after the Till Washlands were purposely flooded to protect homes in the city of Lincoln – worse than the damage we experienced in 2019.

In addition, 44 acres of land were under water at our sister site at Barlings in Langworth, set up in response to the flooding of 2019. A total of 257 acres were under water.

We work closely with the Environment Agency to reduce flooding in Lincoln by using our grazing land as flood plains, but sadly we receive no compensation for the damage caused to the land we use to house our 300 rescued horses, ponies, donkeys and mules.

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With a months’ worth of rain falling in just 24 hours both Bransby Horses sites were left with flooding. In total more than 250 acres of our land remains flooded following heavy rainfall caused by Storm Babet.

Our staff have been working tirelessly across both sites and have documented the severity of the flooding.

Since we were impacted by the flooding across both of our sites, we’ve received an amazing amount of public support, and have featured on the local and national news and in equine media, including BBC Radio Lincolnshire, Lincs FM, Horse & Hound, Everything Horse, national BBC Breakfast News and ITVX

We are pleased to say we have reopened to welcome our supporters back to site following a challenging initial 48 hours.  Most importantly, our horses are out of danger and our staff are able to care for them safely.

For those wishing to continue to help us through this crisis, which will continue long after the floods subside, carry on reading to find out how.

Watch our ITVX feature below.

How to help

Our main visitor areas are accessible and you can meet many of our equine residents. We have play areas, walkways, a lovely cafe still serving hot and cold drinks and food and a beautiful gift shop. Buying items from our gift shop and The Cafe will go to supporting our welfare work in these challenging conditions. Families are still visiting each day and having a good time, plus this gives our teams and our animals a much-needed emotional lift at a time that has been extremely difficult.

We are located 8 miles from Lincoln, near the village of Saxilby, in Lincolnshire.

During October Half Term (23rd to the 29th of October), we are open every day 10am – 4pm, returning to Wednesday-Sunday opening on week commencing Monday 30th October.

A gift of any amount will go towards supporting the charity’s operational costs, including those incurred by the flooding and will make a huge difference to us at this difficult time.

We have an Amazon Wish List. Visit our wish list to see a full list of what we currently need.

Alternatively you may be having a clear out at home and be able to donate some unwanted items to us to sell in our onsite charity shop. See what we’re looking for here and drop off your donations at the Visitor Centre during opening hours.

To help free up space for us to rescue more neglected and abandoned equines, you can foster one of our available horses.  Find out more about our Perfect Partner rehoming scheme below.

By sharing this page and our social media posts about the floods, you’re helping to raise awareness.

If you would like to help in other ways, please visit our How To Help pages or contact us by email on

There are many ways you can help, from fundraising through Facebook, hosting a bake sale, to collecting unused tack from your local livery yard.

Unfortunately we do not have the resources to accept volunteers at the moment but you can register your interest in helping us in the future by emailing us.

We hugely appreciate everyone’s concern and support. Please keep up to date via our news section and on our social media channels.


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