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February 1, 2013

i second all of this!


In 1969 the National Trust took a brave decision. It resolved not to renew its licences to the Ministry of Defence for training on trust land in the Dartmoor National Park.  It said that the licences would end in 1975 unless it could be satisfied that the need for training could not be met elsewhere. 

The trust’s land runs from Cadover Bridge on south-west Dartmoor, up the east bank of the River Plym to Plym Head and includes the Plym valley’s incomparable prehistoric landscape.  The licences were for ‘dry’ training, ie not live firing, and they allowed the use of blank ammunition and pyrotechnics and forbade the use of vehicles, digging and wiring.

At the Sharp inquiry into military training on Dartmoor in November 1975, the late Michael Trinick (secretary of the Committee for Devon and Cornwall of the National Trust) made it clear that the trust was ‘unhappy to allow the permanent use of its…

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  1. John Edwards permalink
    February 1, 2013 11:49 am

    Things could be worse. It could become an American owned golf course (who would have no interest in preserving a prehistoric landscape)

  2. February 1, 2013 5:54 pm

    Funny how, despite all the MoD cuts, empire building continues so that half colonels of a certain age have something to command.

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