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Settlement reached following Dartmoor wild tenting discussions (Thursday nineteenth)

BMC Entry & Conservation Officer, Cath Flitcroft, studies on the most recent information on the banning of untamed tenting on Dartmoor.

Final week, a ruling from the Excessive Courtroom dealt a blow to wilderness and journey lovers within the UK. Wild tenting is to be banned in Dartmoor. Nevertheless, the Nationwide Park have now reached an settlement that may allow individuals to proceed wild tenting in components of Dartmoor Nationwide Park.

The Dartmoor Commons House owners’ Affiliation and the Nationwide Park Authority met yesterday (18 January 2023) to debate how wild tenting on the Dartmoor Commons is likely to be facilitated going ahead. Settlement was reached in precept on the next:
• Landowners will grant permission to the Authority to permit the general public to wild camp by way of a permissive settlement.
• This new system will present clear steering on what constitutes wild tenting primarily based on the precept of ‘depart no hint’.
• Areas the place the general public can wild camp with out looking for particular person permission from landowners shall be communicated through an interactive map on Dartmoor Nationwide Park Authority’s web site within the coming days.

Anybody planning a wild camp now or sooner or later should seek advice from the interactive map and observe all ‘depart no hint’ ideas.

While the settlement is accomplished, wild tenting (together with Ten Tors and The Duke of Edinburgh Award) is permitted with speedy impact.

John Howell, Chair of Dartmoor Commons House owners’ Affiliation, stated: “We acknowledge the significance of individuals with the ability to benefit from the pure great thing about Dartmoor, together with by way of wild tenting, and the advantages that this could convey.”

Dr Kevin Bishop, Chief Government of Dartmoor Nationwide Park Authority, stated: “We now have all labored rapidly and collectively to make sure readability is supplied. Our thanks go to these concerned within the discussions who’ve engaged on this course of so positively and proactively. We’re dedicated to working collectively to proceed all our good work that helps maintain Dartmoor particular for everybody.”

All current on the assembly have been clear that there is no such thing as a place for unlawful fly tenting on Dartmoor. ‘Fly tenting’, which regularly includes massive teams with barbecues or open fires, shouldn’t be confused with true wild tenting and can proceed to be prohibited.

Whereas the BMC welcomes this announcement, we consider that wild tenting ought to embody the liberty to decide on the place to camp, when to camp, with none laws, to be self-sufficient and to take action in a discreet and accountable method. Referring to maps to pre-plan a camp, making use of for permission, and counting on the whim of landowners would not give guests the understanding and freedom to discover Dartmoor in the way in which they could have wished. We hope Dartmoor Nationwide Park Authority wins depart to enchantment and that we will set up that there’s a clear proper to wild camp on all of Dartmoor’s wild locations.

Relaxation assured that the BMC, together with the opposite teams we’re working with, together with the Nationwide Park, Open Areas Society, Ramblers, Proper to Roam, Below The Stars and others, are totally and actively against any restrictions on wild tenting on Dartmoor . We see it as a basic menace to the liberty to get pleasure from wild areas on this nation, and the numerous advantages that this brings, at a time when the necessity is larger than ever.

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