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NT Press Release, Avebury Summer Solstice

National Trust Press Release

Issued 8 June 2010

Avebury Summer Solstice

Campers planning to visit Avebury for the summer solstice are being warned that there will be less space for tents than last year, following the loss of a field for camping.

The National Trust has arranged for a field which can accommodate a little under 100 tents. Last year they had negotiated permission to use a field of twice the size, but its use this year was withdrawn and the Trust has been working with village residents and Pagan groups to find a solution, but no additional land could be found

Hilary Makins, the National Trust Avebury Head Warden, said the solstice celebration was expected to be busy.

"We have looked at many options for camping during the solstice but since Avebury is a World Heritage Site land options are very limited. We want people to come and enjoy a peaceful solstice but also to consider using some of the other official campsites nearby, or perhaps just making a short trip for the main celebrations to save having to camp overnight."

The campsite, at the far end of the main public car park in Avebury, will open at 9am on Saturday 19th June. Celebrations will take place in the Avebury Henge over the weekend, culminating with the sunrise on Monday 21st. The campsite closes and must be cleared by 2pm on Monday.

The National Trust is part of the Avebury Solstice Planning Group which has, over many years, developed a plan to ensure the solstice at Avebury is a peaceful celebration.

"We work closely with police, the local councils, residents, the fire brigade and other safety groups to ensure that this is a pleasant event for those who wish to celebrate the solstice here," added Hilary.

"With this year's event on the weekend, we know it will be busy but we hope people will be aware of the restrictions on camping and make arrangements either to use official campsites nearby or to book other local accommodation."


For further press information contact:
Allan King, 01985 843592 or 07771 837988,
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