One hundred hectares of land reclaimed to help preserve ancient sites
ONE HUNDRED hectares of land north of St Just has been registered as common following a successful application from a west Penwith environmental pressure group.
Carn Kenidjack, which spans Carnyorth, Botallack and Truthwall Commons, has been reclaimed after being omitted 40 years ago using legislation pioneered in Cornwall, according to the Open Spaces Society.
Said to be one of Britain’s leading organisation for initiating such moves, the group was happy with the result, which came about after the team joined forces with local campaigners Save Penwith Moors (SPM).
Kate Ashbrook, general secretary of the Open Spaces Society, paid tribute to SPM after the decision was made by authorities at the end of last month.
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She said: “We urge everyone with an interest in common land to follow the excellent example of Save Penwith Moors.
“They should research whether there is land in Cornwall and the other pioneer areas which was wrongly omitted from registration 40 years ago, and which is eligible for registration now. The Open Spaces Society can help with the process.”
David Coles, of the west Cornwall group, said: “We are delighted to have returned this land to the commons register, from which it was wrongly omitted 40 years ago.
“This will ensure the public’s rights to use and enjoy it are safeguarded for all time and that the land has additional protection from development - since any works here will need the consent of the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, in addition to any planning permission.”
Ian McNeil Cooke, also a member of SPM, was also happy but said it had been tough to see through.
“It’s been a hard fight,” he said, “it’s taken a lot of work. But I’m pleased with the result. It’s a long-term thing for the future - it gives accountability.”
The area, which includes stone circles, holed stones and Bronze Age field systems and other ancient creations, falls within a wider Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, as well as forming part of a Cornish Mining World Heritage Site.
It is also currently being surveyed by Natural England as a site of special scientific interest.