150 Illegal campers leave damaged Dartmoor site

The group claimed they had been camping in an environmentally friendly way. Credit: ITV News West Country

More than 150 people have left a site on Dartmoor after camping illegally for more than a month.

The Rainbow Family of Living Light told ITV News they planned to stay at Holne woods for a lunar cycle.

However they were facing an eviction notice to vacate the site by 5pm on Tuesday 22 July.

Dartmoor National Park rangers confirmed the group left of their own accord but they were supported by police who visited the site on Monday and Tuesday to ensure they had gone.

The camp will not be allowed to stay, according to Dartmoor National Park Authority. Credit: ITV West Country

A Dartmoor National Park spokesperson said there has never been an illegal gathering of the same scale on the land.

Before the coronavirus pandemic wild camping had been allowed in some parts of the moor but this is a Site of Special Scientific Interest because of the ancient woodlands that need protecting.

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