People need to heal & recover, so does the land & environment, and sadly there are many Dartmoor Hill Ponies in need of rescue & rehoming. These Ponies have served us throughout time in various ways, such as Pit Ponies in Levant Mine. Finding the ponies purpose in modern day is our mission. Improving biodiversity & healing the environment essential to our future. The project was created as I discovered working with the Ponies & the land helped me to manage my mental health and trauma issues, I hope it can help others too. I set up Poppy & The Pit Ponies all from my own funds & investment, along with much goodwill from others & organising Mutually Beneficial Arrangements
One of our projects Land & Pony Partnerships provides bespoke Conservation Grazing services, using wildlife surveys to identify focus areas/species. Conservation Grazing improves biodiversity & many areas designated Sites of Scientific Special Interest (SSSI's) will benefit from targeted grazing to help raise species thrive.
In the last 8 months we have secured 3 Mutually Beneficial Agreements which gave purpose to 3 rescue ponies. More possible Agreements in process. We are based in West Cornwall close to many Sites of Scientific Special Interest. We've engaged with private landowners, National Trust & many horse charities.
|Fencing for intake paddock||£500|
|Transport for next rescue ponies||£200|
|Info boards about the history of Pit Ponies, the various ways in which these Ponies have served us in history; mining, farming, transport.||£300|
Improving biodiversity through conservation grazing, monitored by wildlife surveys. Rescuing 3 further ponies and giving them purpose. Providing volunteer opportunities for 4 local people with mental health needs and those impacted by trauma. Providing 4 therapeutic sessions including Poetry & Peace with Ponies