Kinder designated as new National Nature Reserve

Posted by Dave Turnbull on 12/10/2009
Walkers singing 'The Manchester Rambler' at Kinder Downfall

Kinder Scout was designated as a National Nature Reserve this weekend in an official ceremony in New Mills Town Hall. The designation was made in honour of the former chair of Natural England - Sir Martin Doughty - who died of cancer last year.

As the site of the 1932 mass trespass, Kinder has an iconic status in the access to the countryside movement in Britain.  The event this Saturday saw about 100 or so walkers gather at Kinder Downfall to hear Natural England's interim chair Poul Christensen give a speech about Martin Doughty's exceptional contribution to the British countryside over the years. This was followed by a rendition of the folk song - The Manchester Rambler - by the gathered masses.  The event was attended by leading figures from world of politics and the countryside sector including MP's Alun Michael, Tom Levitt and Angela Smith, National Park CEO's Jim Dixon, Aneurin Phillips and Andy Wilson, and the CEO of Natural England Helen Phillips.



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