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Plans to use defence site as traveller camping site

Part of a military base could be used as a camp site for travellers heading to Appleby Horse Fair.

The Ministry of Defence is considering the plan to free some of its testing range at Warcop to ease concerns about where travellers will stay when traveling to the fair.

Local MP Rory Stewart described the meeting with the M.O.D as 'surprisingly productive'.

The meeting comes after months of lobbying. It's thought a final decision will not be made for some time.

There have been numerous complaints for many years about travellers setting up camp in places like Appleby, Kirkby Stephen and Brough when on their way to the horse show.

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Trees are planted at Warcop to help the MOD

Hundreds of trees have been planted Credit: ITV Border
Pete Leeson, The Woodland trust Credit: ITV Border

Pete Leeson from the Woodland Trust told our correspondent Tim Backshall: "The research we've done over the years proves that trees, woodlands, scrub woodlands on the top of the fells down to dense woodland at the bottom of the valleys all add significant value to our biodiversity and wildlife."

Major TAM CAMPBELL said "Traditionally the Warcop training area is a multi firing facility and by having additional woodland on the estate it will allow the user units to operate in a wood to produce a patrol harbour area where he's got cover, protection and he's got camouflage and concealment."

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