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Question of Trust

Letters

Kevin O'Shea is entitled to his view (NCE last week) that Stonehenge should continue to be visible from the main road, although I doubt that the A303 has been such for thousands of years.

However, I do not see any reason for him to extrapolate from the National Trust's equally valid different view to the statement that the National Trust is dictating a system of management of land in its own interest.

The National Trust is a charity and its core purpose is 'to look after special places for ever, for everyone'. In the sense implied by Mr O'Shea, interest means advantage or benefit, which cannot be gained by a charity, so his accusation is meaningless.

The National Trust is responsible for 250,000ha of land, 1,130km of coastline and about 900 properties; all are of outstanding quality. Without the Trust these national assets would probably not be preserved for the enjoyment of us all and our country would offer a poorer quality of life.

Ian Hamilton (M), 1 Albert Road, Richmond, TW10 6DJ

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