Where has the green gone?

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Where has the green gone?

#1 Post by The Lost Legionnaire » Thu Apr 05, 2007 3:32 pm

Only a few weeks ago Dartmoor was saturated after a month of rain and everything was green, green, green. I did a charity walk around Princetown during the week and from the Hessary TV mast all you could see for miles around was fawn, fawn, fawn!

ps While up there, I stumbled across a 'Dartmoor Quarries' stamp. I assume it is part of a set. Does anyone know if it is?
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#2 Post by Dizzy » Thu Apr 05, 2007 6:37 pm

Hi, I also went up to North Hessary Tor a couple of weeks ago to complete two charity walks up there. Yep, it's bone dry up there and barely a blade of green grass in site. We saw a couple of fires near Princetown on the same day, don't think they were controlled though.

Don't know about the quarry stamp you found though, sorry.

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#3 Post by Nik - KOTM » Fri Apr 06, 2007 6:00 am

Swaling was banned by this present government - god knows why...

Swaling incidently is controlled burning of the moor to burn back the gorse.

So fires are probably caused by idiots setting fire to the place. :(
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#4 Post by Fulchet » Mon Apr 09, 2007 2:18 pm

Nik - KOTM wrote:Swaling was banned by this present government - god knows why...

Swaling incidently is controlled burning of the moor to burn back the gorse.

So fires are probably caused by idiots setting fire to the place. :(

Swaling still goes on in parts of Dartmoor - it was in the news a few weeks back. However, I don't think it is large scale.
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#5 Post by cranmere » Tue Apr 10, 2007 9:13 am

There are huge burned areas in the middle of the Moor around Fur Tor at the moment, I estimate that around 2/3 of the land you can see from the top of the tor on the south side have been burned. Possible a case of being out of sight of the interfering government busybodies?
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#6 Post by Nik - KOTM » Tue Apr 24, 2007 4:23 pm

A couple of years back I was out on the moors somewhere around a huge area of burned out gorse - numerous boxes had been destroyed - and I found what had caused the fire... a firework with a slow burning fuse so the arsonist - cos that is what they are - could get well away before the fire was ignited, a bannedword wasn't reliable enough to spark a blaze.
How did I know it was a slow burning pyrotechnic... I asked someone!
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