From: Dartmoor Preservation Association
Come to the Crownhill Down Rally!
Saturday September 20th 10 til 4
If you love Dartmoor then please come to a protest rally to draw attention to plans by the China Clay industry to destroy Crownhill Down - the nearest stretch of Dartmoor to the suburbs of Plymouth.
French-owned multinational minerals giant Imerys plans to quarry away part of Crownhill Down and tip millions of tons of clay waste on further stretches of this important area of lowland heath.
Crownhill Down has archaeology of international importance, is rich in botany, the largest growth of Marsh Clubmoss outside the New Forest, and has 21 rare species of rare dragonflies and damselflies. The Dartford Warbler has recently recolonised the Down. Crownhill Down has been recognised as a vitally important site by archaeologists, botanists, birdwatchers, and the many ramblers and horse riders who use its moorland for informal recreation.
The DPA's campaign to save Crownhill Down has the support of the Ramblers' Association, The Open Spaces Society, Plantlife UK, Rescue and other archaeological groups. On the day of the rally walkers and riders will access Crownhill Down from several starting points and meet on its summit for a brief rally. This will be followed by interpretative rambles, a sponsored walk and pony ride.
Crownhill Down is just the kind of lowland heath that the government says should be protected. Our common heritage should not be sacrificed for the whim and profit of a multinational mineral company. We urge everyone who cares for Britain's wild places to come to Crownhill Down and send a clear message to Imerys and Devon County Council that such destruction cannot be allowed.
Details of the rally are overleaf:
DARTMOOR PRESERVATION ASSOCIATION
THE CROWNHILL DOWN RALLY
When: The Rally will be held on Crownhill Down between 10 and 4 (speeches and meeting at 12 noon) on Saturday 20th September 2003.
Where: Crownhill Down is a mile south east of Shaugh Prior on southwestern Dartmoor, and a mile south of the village of Wotter. Parking is limited so we are suggesting a number of different car park starting places. Please share cars if you can. From each car park, parties of walkers will be led on to the summit of Crownhill Down for a brief rally with speakers. Please park with care and consideration for other users, particularly if parking away from car parks. Please do not block gates!
Car Parks: We recommend the car parks at:
Tolchmoor Gate (Grid Reference SX 581 616) Wotter to Cornwood Road.
Large Car Park 500 yards west of Tolchmoor Gate (SX 576 616) Wotter to Cornwood Road.
Off road parking along the Lee Moor to Plympton Road in the vicinity of grid reference SX 562 597.
Car Park near to cattle grid on south west corner of Crownhill Down (SX 563 593)
The Rally: The rally will be held on the highest point of Crownhill Down at approximately 12 noon. Afterwards you will have the opportunity to participate in guided walks so that you might discover for yourself the importance of Crownhill Down's archaeology. Please bring a picnic and enjoy your day on this threatened area of Dartmoor.
Contact details: For further information and rally updates please contact the Dartmoor Preservation Association's Crownhill Down hotline 01822 890646 or visit our website www.dartmoor-preservation-assoc.org.uk or write to: Dartmoor Preservation Association, Old Duchy Hotel, Princetown PL20 6QF
Research and Conservation Officer,
Council for British Archaeology,
Bowes Morrell House,
Tel: 01904 671417
Fax: 01904 671384
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