National Trust fails in bid to buy Bantham

This is The West Country: National Trust fails in bid to buy Bantham National Trust fails in bid to buy Bantham

Bantham has been sold to an unnamed family for a reported price of over £10 million, despite a campaign to raise the funds needed by the National Trust.

The beach and surrounding area ended up on the open market after one of the family that owned it died.

The beach and village have been owned by the Evans family for over 100 years and the new owners have said they will "continue to manage and conserve the estate in the same manner as our clients have done for the next 100 years".

James Baker of Strutt and Parker Exeter told the Western Morning News: “On behalf of the Directors of Evans Estates we, Strutt & Parker and Michelmore Hughes, have agreed a sale of the whole of the Bantham Estate (subject to contract) to a family who will continue to manage and conserve the Estate in the same manner as our clients have done for the next 100 years.”

Mark Harold, South West Regional Director for the National Trust says: "We will of course continue to care and protect for ever and for everyone the 40 miles and 3,000 hectares of the South Devon coast we already care for.

"We would also want, if possible, to work with any future owners of Bantham Beach & Estuary and ensure that this beautiful location is continued to be enjoyed by the many thousands of people who have told us how much it means to them.

"We would like to thank everyone for their support of our fundraising appeal".

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2:01pm Sat 5 Jul 14

CRASSLIVEON says...

Very nice to hear that nobody is immediately being threatened with eviction but the whole situation highlights ancient injustices in that 'people' can 'own' land and rivers......own the 'earth' - luckily nobody has yet found a way to tax or own the air we breathe.
Certain lyrics stand the test of time, cheers 'Billy'.

In 1649 To St. George's Hill,
A ragged band they called the Diggers
Came to show the people's will
They defied the landlords
They defied the laws
They were the dispossessed reclaiming what was theirs

We come in peace they said To dig and sow
We come to work the lands in common
And to make the waste ground grow
This earth divided We will make whole
So it will be A common treasury for all

The sin of property We do disdain
No man has any right to buy and sell
The earth for private gain
By theft and murder They took the land
Now everywhere the walls
Spring up at their command

They make the laws
To chain us well
The clergy dazzle us with heaven
Or they **** us into hell
We will not worship
The God they serve
The God of greed who feed the rich
While poor folk starve

We work we eat together
We need no swords
We will not bow to the masters
Or pay rent to the lords
Still we are free
Though we are poor
You Diggers all stand up for glory
Stand up now

From the men of property
The orders came
They sent the hired men and troopers
To wipe out the Diggers' claim
Tear down their cottages
Destroy their corn
They were dispersed
But still the vision lingers on

You poor take courage
You rich take care
This earth was made a common treasury
For everyone to share
All things in common
All people one
We come in peace
The orders came to cut them down
Very nice to hear that nobody is immediately being threatened with eviction but the whole situation highlights ancient injustices in that 'people' can 'own' land and rivers......own the 'earth' - luckily nobody has yet found a way to tax or own the air we breathe. Certain lyrics stand the test of time, cheers 'Billy'. In 1649 To St. George's Hill, A ragged band they called the Diggers Came to show the people's will They defied the landlords They defied the laws They were the dispossessed reclaiming what was theirs We come in peace they said To dig and sow We come to work the lands in common And to make the waste ground grow This earth divided We will make whole So it will be A common treasury for all The sin of property We do disdain No man has any right to buy and sell The earth for private gain By theft and murder They took the land Now everywhere the walls Spring up at their command They make the laws To chain us well The clergy dazzle us with heaven Or they **** us into hell We will not worship The God they serve The God of greed who feed the rich While poor folk starve We work we eat together We need no swords We will not bow to the masters Or pay rent to the lords Still we are free Though we are poor You Diggers all stand up for glory Stand up now From the men of property The orders came They sent the hired men and troopers To wipe out the Diggers' claim Tear down their cottages Destroy their corn They were dispersed But still the vision lingers on You poor take courage You rich take care This earth was made a common treasury For everyone to share All things in common All people one We come in peace The orders came to cut them down CRASSLIVEON
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