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National Trust Buys 2,000 Year Old Dorset Hillfort

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12:02am 10th August 2014

The National Trust has announced it had bought a 2,000 year old hillfort in Dorset.

Hambledon Hill, near Blandford Forum, is the size of 50 football pitches and is taller than the White Cliffs of Dover. Its size means it's the perfect location to see views across Dorset, Wiltshire and Somerset.

Jerry Broadway, a National Trust volunteer working on Hambledon Hill, said: "When I come here I feel like someone would when they go into St Paul's Cathedral.  

"When there is no-one else around and I sit on the top of the hill looking at the view I feel very privileged.  And to play a small part in looking after the hill is a good feeling."

The site was previously owned by the Hawthorn Trust and managed by Natural England as a National Nature Reserve. A Land Purchase Grant was provided by Natural England, as well as money from a legacy left to the Trust for the countryside in Dorset. The acquisition by the National Trust means the site's nature and landscape will continue to be conserved for future generations to enjoy.

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