The National Trust has joined the campaign against a planned wind farm in the shadow of Roseberry Topping, one of northern England’s most distinctive hills. At 1,049ft, the ‘mini Matterhorn’ straddles the North Yorkshire border and the Trust, its custodian, has registered its opposition to the plans of Banks Renewables.

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‘We’ve objected because the turbines would be within 5km [three miles] of this iconic hill, with an overall height of 132m [433ft], and would clearly have a detrimental impact,’ comments a spokeswoman. ‘The hill is visible for miles around and is a symbolic image of the area. It’s an extremely popular destination for walkers, with the Cleveland Way running up to its summit, and offers extraordinary 360° views from the top. The proposed turbines would be the largest in the area and a dominant and intrusive feature within the landscape.’

The North York Moors National Park Authority has also voiced deep concern. For campaign details, visit www.facebook.com/FightGuisborough-Turbines.

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