Re­prieve for Moor­land Mousie

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country -

THE Moor­land Mousie Trust, a char­ity that pro­tects en­dan­gered Ex­moor ponies, has se­cured suf­fi­cient funds to save its visitor cen­tre—at least for now. The trust, which launched an ap­peal for do­na­tions at the end of April (COUN­TRY LIFE, May 3), has raised more than £35,000, thanks to a suc­cess­ful crowd­fund­ing cam­paign that saw more than 850 peo­ple pitch in to help. ‘We are to­tally over­whelmed by the re­sponse and are so grate­ful to ev­ery­one who’s do­nated,’ says the cen­tre’s man­ager, Linzi Green.

Al­though the cen­tre has enough money to op­er­ate un­til the end of the year, the trust still needs fi­nan­cial sup­port to en­sure its long-term sur­vival and that of the ponies it looks af­ter. To find out more about fundrais­ing events or to make a dona­tion, visit www.ex­moor­pony­cen­tre.org.uk.

Fol­low­ing phe­nom­e­nal de­mand for its North­ern De­lights voy­age to St Kilda, which reached the is­land last week, the Na­tional Trust for Scot­land will run another cruise to the World Her­itage Site in the au­tumn.

Set­ting sail from Greenock on Septem­ber 10, the cruise will ex­plore the Isle of Man and the west coast of Ire­land, be­fore ar­riv­ing in St Kilda on Septem­ber 16. It will then head to the Isle of Mull and west­ern Scot­land. This is the last chance to visit the World Her­itage site be­fore 2018, so tick­ets are sell­ing fast. For more in­for­ma­tion or to book a place, visit www.nts.org.uk.

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