The Thomas and Gladys Johnston Moonhole Conservation Trust Limited
Our Conservation Trust nurtures, preserves and protects the environment, architecture and natural beauty of the western end of Bequia.
Tom Johnston ensured the preservation of Moonhole for posterity. In his will he bequeathed his controlling interest in Moonhole Company to the Thomas and Gladys Johnston Moonhole Conservation Trust Limited. In April 1998 Tom set out the mission of the Conservation Trust and appointed three initial Trustees.
The mission of the Conservation Trust is:
- To honour and safeguard the architectural vision of Thomas and Gladys Johnston at Moonhole.
- To perpetuate Moonhole's culture, natural resources, and infrastructure of homes, paths, and common areas for the enjoyment of present and future generations of Moonholers and the people of Paget Farm.
- To insure the protection and conservation of all flora, fauna and marine life as a wildlife and marine refuge and sanctuary in perpetuity.
- To protect rare and endangered species.
- To perpetuate artistic achievement in a tranquil and private environment.
- To provide continued employment for our loyal workers from Paget Farm.
Moonhole remains a bird, wildlife and marine sanctuary, providing habitat for many indigenous species, including several endangered bird species.
Our houses and other buildings were built with volcanic rocks, native cedar and South American hardwoods, and materials reclaimed from the sea. Tom Johnston's famed whalebone sculptures adorn the walls, trees grow inside, and flowering tropical plants surround the houses. A Fishermen's Path leads to the rocky promontory at the end of Bequia, overlooking the channel to the West Cays, two small islets protected by the St. Vincent National Trust.
An eco-friendly community, we rely primarily on solar and wind power. Stone paths connect the houses. There are no roads at Moonhole. We collect all our water from the sky.
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