Above: Nine Maidens Common and stone circle
"Joy as cattle-grazing plans abandoned" read the headline in The Cornishman, West Cornwall's regional newspaper, of 2nd October 2008.
"Natural England has confirmed that plans to graze and fence the Nine Maidens common have been abandoned" and that the commoners had decided not to apply to the Secretary of State for permission to stock proof the common. The HEATH Project assistant project manager said that "they were disappointed but supported the commoners'' decision. The co-ordinator of Save Penwith Moors said that it was brilliant news "but it remains to be seen what happens with the other areas" and that he hoped their campaign had gone some way towards achieving this result.
Thank you for your support in achieving this excellent result. There is still more to do.
Ross Champion, HEATH Project Manager, was quoted in The Cornishman of 25th September that: “Change is a no-no in West Penwith and some people will do their hardest to make sure things stay the same. But if there’s a common consensus and people don’t want it, we’re not going to go ahead and just do it.”
So please now write or email to Natural England expressing your opposition: Photo (right) from the protest walk on 21st September.
With thanks to Ian Cooke, Save Penwith Moors coordinator for the information. To view the latest see here
Ross Champion HEATH Project Manager
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