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On 3rd April 2024 we successfully raised £5,314 ( + est. £492.25 Gift Aid ) with 64 supporters in 18 days

Educational wildlife, conservation & awareness access for children & special needs group visits within 10 acres of rural land at sanctuary.


 donated match funding
Aviva Community Fund is providing live match funding

 New stretch target

If we raise more than our target amount then the extra funding will be used to purchase a larger sit on lawnmower. After the purchase of a new sit on lawn mower, any monies remaining will be spent on trees to be planted at Hornbeam Wood Hedgehog Sanctuary.

Our old sit on lawnmower has given up on us and although we have tried to maintain and fix it continuously over the past 8 years or so, it is now at the end of its life :(  This old lawnmower is probably older than me and was originally very kindly donated to the Charity by a local Scout group. It is a vital bit of machinery that helps us to maintain many areas at the sanctuary and allow access to fields and meadows, but we don't have the funds to replace it.

Please help us reach our goal, any donation amout is greatly appreciated. Aviva will match fund any unique donation up to £250 pounds. Please share to your socials as this will really help.


We are hoping to raise enough funds to purchase a new John Deere X107 42 107cm Deck Lawn Tractor.

About Hornbeam Wood Hedgehog Sanctuary:

We are a small family run Charity that looks after British Wild Hedgehogs founded in April 2015. Mother and son are involved on a daily basis and the Charity rehabilitates wild hedgehogs and orphaned baby hoglets that are sick, injured, or underweight. Since 2015 we have rescued, rehabilitated, and released close to 2000 injured or orphaned hedgehogs. 

Location of the Charity:

Hornbeam Wood Hedgehog Sanctuary is located on the same lands that made up Grahame Dangerfield's Animal Sanctuary and still uses many of the original pens and cages.  The sanctuary is based in Harpenden/Wheathampstead in Hertfordshire with 10 Acres of woodland and open fields home to all kinds of local wildlife including Barn Owls, Bats, Deer, Foxes, Hedgehogs, Rabbits and more

About British Wild Hedgehogs:

The Wild British Hedgehog has been included in the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List for British Mammals. Their population has decreased by about 50% in urban areas and 70% in rural areas since the year 2000. It is estimated that 100k -350k hedgehogs are killed each year on the roads. 

Their habitats have been diminishing and their inability to access and travel through gardens and across roads has become in most cases, impossible. Roads create invisible barriers and also physical barriers for hedgehogs. The use of poisons like slug pellets, and intensive agricultural farming also have a part to play in their decreased populations through the loss of hedges and pesticides.

Wildlife Education & Awareness:

Martin (the founder) was nominated for the Green Award at the BBC Make A Difference Awards 2023.

We are focused on Biodiversity and Conservation with a focus on Wildlife Habitat Creation. We have many projects on-going at the sanctuary.

Hornbeam Wood Hedgehog Sanctuary is extensively active in promoting ways people can help hedgehogs and spreading awareness of the troubles wild hedgehogs face. The Charity hosts nearly 100 Hedgehog Educational and Awareness talks annually. As of November 2023 over 8,500 children and adults have attended these talks at the sanctuary.

The Charity is also communicates these messages in the media, both locally and nationwide through articles radio and tv broadcasting companies to help raise awareness.



Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/HornbeamWood
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/hedgehogsanctuary
Twitter - https://twitter.com/HornbeamWood
YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/HedgehogSanctuary
Twitch - https://www.twitch.tv/hedgehogsanctuary

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