'Vixen Tor for all to enjoy'

The protest against the closure of Vixen Tor by its owner, farmer Mary Alford, went well this weekend.

Steve Findlay, the organiser of the protest reports, " The protest on Saturday at Vixen Tor was, I think, very successful. About 80 people turned up including climbers, walkers and concerned locals. We spent most of the day there, several good routes were done and all was very peaceful, as witnessed by police, press, radio and TV. It certainly helped that the owner stayed away. I was pretty appalled at the damage done by the owner; barbed wire, tar or oil poured over boulders, old steps and stiles removed. I find it hard to believe that this sort of action can be legal, especially in a National Park. We intend to start a petition soon, on paper and on the web. Thanks very much to those who made the effort on Saturday. I hope it will be worth it in the long run. One things for sure, if we do nothing, nothing will happen. "

The media immediately picked up on the demonstration with reports at the BBC and the Observer/Guardian websites..

If you would like to learn more about the situation there is a long thread started by Chief Officer of the BMC, Dave Turnball at the forums.

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