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HORSE HORROR: Ponies at Berkhamsted sanctuary in danger of being euthanised

 Published on: 3rd September 2023   |   By: Annabel Stock   |   Category: Uncategorized

A Hertfordshire-based horse sanctuary with a site in Berkhamsted has raised fears that their ponies are in danger of being put down unless a replacement for their Elstree site can be found.

Cecil’s Horse Sanctuary has been served with an eviction notice by the landowner after Retirement Villages Group (RVG) submitted a planning application to build a multi-million-pound retirement village comprising 141 homes.

The sanctuary houses and tends to horses and ponies who have been abandoned, neglected or abused and might otherwise be euthanised.

It relies entirely on donations, events, open days and the work of the founder and volunteers.

The sanctuary is now in need of help in finding a minimum of 10 to 15 acres to house the ponies from Elstree, and up to 70 acres if they are to bring all of the herds together.

A spokesperson from RVG said: “RVG has an option to buy the land at Elstree and has submitted a planning application to build much-needed housing.

“Although the land is neither owned nor controlled by RVG, we have worked constructively with the founder of Cecil’s and the charity’s trustees to find them a more sustainable site. To this end, we recently secured a substantially larger, 17-acre site nearby in Potters Bar, a target location identified by Cecil’s, which we agreed to fund for five years.

“However, after several months of close cooperation, the charity chose to withdraw from the lease. We have always worked in a positive and constructive fashion with the charity’s trustees, and we will continue to do so.”

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