43rd anniversary of the saving of the Swincombe valley
Today is the 43rd anniversary of the saving of the Swincombe valley from what would have been a disastrous reservoir scheme. Opposition to the scheme was led by the DPA and objectors included Devon County Council and the Duchy of Cornwall. The Bill to bring about the scheme was eventually defeated after a lengthy consideration in Westminster. Image: DPA Land in the valley of the river Swincombe.
In the wake of the defeat of the scheme the DPA was subsequently able to acquire some land in the Swincombe valley which would have formed the head waters of the reservoir. The land was acquired through the generous bequest of Loveday Trahair.