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Project information

The Rabbit Enrichment Garden Appeal

Help us turn a patch of land that's brush and brambles into an area that radically improves the welfare of the rabbits.

With your help, we'll create an outdoor area where the rabbits can dig and play and display their key natural behaviours: running, digging & burrowing, jumping, hiding and grazing

2 months

Charity information: Animals In Distress (Torbay and Westcountry)

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  • Need


    Over 1 million rabbits in the UK are lacking mental stimulation and we absolutely don’t want those in our care to suffer from boredom or any associated health problems.


    There will be tunnels, which will encourage the rabbits to be more active and provide a substitute burrow.

    There will be grass which is great for their teeth and digestive systems, and will also keep them busy. The rabbits will also enjoy digging pits made from planters filled with earth.

    Rabbits are naturally active animals and this new area will enable them to display their key natural behaviours: running, digging & burrowing, jumping, hiding, foraging and grazing.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide a safe outdoor area where rabbits in our care can exhibit their natural behaviours


    » Create an outdoor Enrichment Garden that includes features which meets the rabbits' welfare needs. There will be tunnels, grass and digging pits.

    What success will look like

    Once the Enrichment Garden is built, we will start using it straight away. Giving the rabbits time outside every day will improve their welfare and their disposition and behaviour.

  • Impact


    We hope that through meeting their welfare needs more effectively, our rabbits will exhibit their natural behaviours and show their true characters. This will lead to them finding their new, forever home sooner, thus enabling us to help even more rabbits.


    The primary risk is the rabbits will be spending time outside thus there is a risk they could get out of the enclosure.

    To mitigate this risk, we will design and build the garden so that the rabbits cannot burrow out below the fences or hop above them.


    We will use our supporter Magazine along with Facebook and our Website.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £7,150

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,050 Materials raised beds, plants, enrichment items, etc
      £4,100 Labour labour & machinery hire
  • Background


    The Enrichment Garden will be created in a quiet area, away from the public view, at our Rescue Centre, based in Ipplepen, Devon.


    The rabbits in our care. As the only rescue centre in the area that takes in rabbits, we can have over 60 rabbits at any given time. All of these rabbits will have the opportunity, in turn, to enjoy the garden, in a safe and monitored way.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We already have over 60 rabbits in our care who desperately need access to the outdoors. We are the only rescue centre in the area which takes in rabbits, thus most unwanted rabbits end up at Animals in Distress at some stage.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Debbie Piper

    Rabbits & Guinea Pigs Supervisor - Debbie will play a key role in designing the Enrichment Garden and then seeing that it's used on a daily basis.

    Tim Lawrance

    Tim is the contractor who will be working with Debbie to deliver her vision of the Garden for the rabbits and making it a reality.