By Andrew Cooper, Chair of DWT’s Board of Trustees
All our nature reserves are special, although some really stand out. A couple of years ago I visited one of my favourite places on Dartmoor. It was a beautiful day in May. I paused to enjoy the bubbling call of a curlew and a distant cuckoo. But while that was exciting enough, it was the spectacle of bluebells at Emsworthy that I had come to see.
So imagine my delight when I later learnt that as the result of a generous gift from the landowner, the Trust would acquire this famous site as a new nature reserve. Our benefactor told me that although sad to partwith the land, she was relieved it would be in safe hands, and pleased that people could still enjoy visiting in the future. I ventured to suggest that perhaps she should now think of herself as a grandparent – have all the fun and none of the responsibility.
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