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New access to National Trust heathland at Purbeck
Purbeck heathland
It has 'not always been easy' to access heathland in these areas

New areas of Purbeck are being opened to walkers by the National Trust, to give greater access to the heathland.

Access is being granted to land at Godlingston Heath and New Mills Heath.

The aim is to provide a wider choice for those who want to explore the open countryside owned by the Trust in Purbeck.

Phil Stuckey, Purbeck area warden, said: "We wanted to make it easier for people to get out into the fresh air and enjoy the countryside.

"It has not always been easy to access these areas but we are going to be installing new gates and from July [2010] it will be much easier to walk in these two areas."

'Peaceful place'

The newly opened area of Godlingston Heath is Three Barrows, the site of a group of well preserved Bronze Age round barrows.

Five hectares of the land had previously been cleared of gorse and bracken and re-fenced to allow grazing, which encourages a greater variety of vegetation to develop.

The land gives views across to Poole Bay and the harbour.

The other area is New Mills Heath, a mile north of Corfe on the south side of Hartland Moor. It is part of a National Nature Reserve where grassland is being restored back to heath.

Phil said: "We get a lot of dog walkers looking to get out onto our land in Purbeck and by providing them with more places to go it allows them to enjoy the land the National Trust owns."

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