The Suffolk Punch Trust - Colony StudWoodbridge Walk, Hollesley, IP12 3JR, United Kingdom
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About The Suffolk Punch Trust - Colony Stud
The Suffolk Punch Trust is a charity set up in 2002. Initially the plan was to purchase the Colony Stud of very rare Suffok Punch horses.
This was about to be sold by the Prison Service which was then running over thirty farms in association with prisons around the country.
The one at Hollesley, near Woodbridge in Suffolk, was the biggest at 1,500 acres on which a dairy herd and a pig herd were kept and where a variety of crops including potatoes, apples and soft fruit were grown with produce being used by prisons.
All the farms were to be sold, and this would have caused the dispersal of the stud of Suffolks.
However, the Prison Commissioners were anxious that this large breeding group should be kept together, so they gave the Trust 3 years to raise the money to buy a 200 acre farm and the horses.
For over twenty years the Prison had received visits by children from deprived inner city areas, so the Suffolk Punch Trust was set up as an educational charity whose remit was to provide educational opportunities for all age groups.
The charitable aims also include the rehabilitation of prisoners, the conservation of rare breeds of domestic animals and the provision of an open space for the benefit of all.
On the site the Trust has:
The stud of Suffok Punch horses
Red Poll Cattle
The oldest registered flock of Suffolk sheep in the world
Large Black Pigs
A 200 acre farm with walks
A museum illustrating aspects of Suffolk’s rural heritage
A magnificent harness room
A collection of vintage horse-drawn vehicles and implements displayed indoors
A garden stocked with horticultural varieties of plants bred in Suffolk
A Visitor Centre with gift shop and the Suffolk Punch Cafe
The Suffolk Punch Trust
Telephone: 01394 411327
Email: [email protected]
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- Guide Dogs Accepted
- Special Needs
- Pets Accepted
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