£10,000 grant has been awarded by the Peak District
TRESPASS TRAIL PROJECT FOR HAYFIELD
Hayfield is about to get some permanent installations in the village to acknowledge that this is where the historic 1932 Kinder Mass Trespass started and ended.
MAKING TRESPASS A CRIME AGAIN
The Government is planning to make trespass a criminal
offence under the Anti-Social Behaviour Bill currently before Parliament,
claimed a leading countryside campaigner at the first-ever Spirit of Kinder Day
on Saturday (April 27).
Kate Ashbrook, general secretary of the Open Spaces Society,
said: "The Bill threatens to make
trespass a criminal offence by creating public spaces protection orders – in
fact, exclusion orders – applied to places like open country and village
greens, where the public currently has the right of recreation.”
The event was
held at New Mills Town Hall just across the road from the place where 81
years ago, six ramblers were first incarcerated following the celebrated Kinder
Scout Mass Trespass. Five were later imprisoned, not for trespass but for public
Kate also accused
the Government of being "driven by development dogma”, and of "a piece-by-piece
dismantling of the planning system”, with potentially- disastrous effects on
previously protected areas such as village greens and national parks.
are certainly not safe,” claimed Kate, "The Growth and Infrastructure Act
undermines the duty of public bodies to have regard to national park purposes.
Neither are our 13 National Trails, which guarantee access to the best of our
wild country but which the Government is proposing to hand over to local trails partnerships.”
Kate finally made
an impassioned call for renewed campaigning, reporting path problems, lobbying
councillors and MPs to get across the huge benefits of outdoor
activities for health and the economy; working together to get a better deal
for walkers, riders and cyclists, and learning from the Kinder
She also launched the Friends of Kinder Trespass membership
group, organised by the Kinder Visitor Centre Group of Hayfield, which already
has members such as Sir Chris Bonington and Lord Hattersley and has long-term
plans for a trespass visitor centre in the village. A programme of the 60thanniversary event, signed by trespass leader Benny Rothman, will be auctioned
on the group’s website (www.kindertrespass.com) to raise funds.
Other speakers were Terry Howard, chairman of the Kinder
& High Peak Advisory Committee; Keith Warrender, who gave an illustrated
history of the trespass, and Jon Stewart, manager of the National Trust’s Peak
District estate, who reflected on the
Trust’s 30 years of ownership of Kinder Scout.
The event, attended by over 300 people, finished on a
musical note, with Boff Whalley, founder member of the former anarcho-punk-pop
band Chumbawamba, singing the band’s tribute to the Mass Trespass, You Can, accompanied by accordionist
Phil Moody. The Chapel-en-le-Frith
Male Voice Choir finally led the traditional singing of The Manchester Rambler.