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Dartmoor Preservation Association, Old Duchy Hotel, Princetown PL20 6QF
Tel: 01822 890646
Advance News Release - further releases to follow
Protest Rally to Save Crownhill Down
Saturday September 20th
10.OO TO 3 PM
The Dartmoor Preservation Association (DPA) announced today that it is to organise 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.
Speaking today, DPA Chief Executive John Bainbridge said "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."
If your readers want to come to the rally details will be available from mid-August on the DPA Website www.dartmoor-preservation-assoc.org.uk or can register support by leaving a name and address on our Action Hotline (01822 890 646) or writing to Crownhill Rally, Dartmoor Preservation Association, Old Duchy Hotel, Princetown, PL20 6QF.
Contact John Bainbridge (Home number) 01626 773744