A pony sanctuary which is battling closure hopes a fun-filled festive weekend can help raise vital funds to try and keep it going.
Carol Buchorski who runs Two Oaks Pony Sanctuary in Darr’s Lane, Northchurch, is running a second Christmas event off the back of last weekend’s seasonal success, which saw £689.47 raised towards the organisation’s lifesaving total.
In April last year, Carol was served an enforcement notice by Dacorum Borough Council requiring her to demolish the stable, tack room and hay barn and remove all materials used in its construction from the land.
She must also remove all items stored in the stable, tack room, and hay barn by June 7 next year, but it is hoped that by submitting a planning application more inkeeping with the Green Belt land the service can be saved.
However, there is also disagreement about the legal use of the land, and the owners of the land at the site are opposed to further planning applications for the sanctuary.
The sanctuary, which nurses poorly animals back into good health, has already begun fundraising towards a £10,000 sum to try and keep the centre open.
Carol is hopeful the festive season will encourage people to visit the centre, and dig deep to try and help save it.
Writing on the centre’s Facebook page, she said: “Two Oaks is the only place of its type round here. So let’s keep it that way. We scrape through every month and will try to get through this but without increased support, we’re not going to manage.”
This Saturday, Santa will be visiting the yard from midday to 3pm, and there will also be hot refreshments, cakes, face painting, a tombola, raffle, pony rides and the chance to meet and even adopt animals at the sanctuary.
Entry is free but donations are welcomed. Visit www.facebook.com/two-oaks-pony-sanctuary for more and to donate online.