Heavy flooding in Lincolnshire has led to equine charity, Bransby Horses, cancelling its Christmas events and activities.
At present, the charity is only welcoming a fraction of the visitors it has done in previous years. Despite the damage, the visitor centre, shop and café have been totally unaffected by the flooding and continuing to trade as usual.
The charity is therefore urgently appealing to people to carrying on visiting the site and to support the vital work it does.
There’s plenty of reason to visit, with the charity boasting an amazing selection of baubles and Christmas gifts that would normally be flying off the shelves. The award-winning café continues to serve a selection of winter warmers and other tasty treats.
Fallout from the flooding
With approximately 1,000 horses, ponies, donkeys and mules in the charity’s care (450 based on site and more than 500 in foster homes), the floods have already led to the urgent moving of 100 equines, to dry temporary areas. This is not a long-term solution for the charity and the land that has been affected will be unusable for the foreseeable future, due to contamination.
The effects of the flooding are still being felt by the charity, whose teams are still working hard to keep all equines safe and have drafted in additional help to try and cope with conditions.
With the situation unlikely to be sorted in the immediate future, the plan to move 100 equines to their Barlings site, in Langworth, has become more urgent than ever.
The charity will be giving refunds to those who have booked activities already but are still desperate for people to visit their site for a day out.
Whilst some of the land has been severely affected, visitor areas are still open and support is still needed by the charity to continue their work through the winter.
The charity is planning to move some of their equines to their site in Barlings in the next four to six weeks, so the land at Bransby can be cleared up and has time to recover.
Their timeline for moving animals and teams to the site in Langworth was originally the end of 2020, so the charity have been working hard to raise the money needed to have the right infrastructure in place at the site as soon as possible.
The charity has sent out a plea for donations of money, items, time and foster homes and have had a good response so far but the challenge is far from over. The charity will feel the effects of the flood for many months, possibly until the end of 2020.
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