On Sunday (25th October) 17 people joined a walk, led jointly by STAND and the Thomas Hardy Society, across much of the countryside threatened by the development north of Dorchester.
Field behing the Sun Inn.
This field lies immediately behind and to the north of the Sun Inn in Lower Burton. An arm of the proposed development north of Dorchester will extend along the length of the hedgerow in this photo and buildings will cover much of the field beyond.
Nearing the ruins of Fiddlers Green.
This is the view looking south over the ivy-clad ruins of Fiddlers Green with a conspicuous Bronze Age barrow or burial mound to the right. Fiddlers Green is thought to be the site of shepherd Fennel’s cottage in Thomas Hardy’s short story, “The Three Strangers”. The northernmost boundary of the proposed development north of Dorchester will extend to within 1.5 kilometres of this site and will be clearly visible from this point.