Faccombe Estates Ltd fined for damaging heather moorland

Faccombe Estates Ltd was fined £7,500 last week for damaging heather moorland in a North York Moors site of special scientific interest. The company was ordered to pay £6,787 costs by Northallerton Magistrates Court and will also have to pay to restore the area. Faccombe, which runs grouse shoots on Westerdale Moor in the North York Moors national park, admitted building a 620m stone track without consent from English Nature. The sandstone has smothered more than 1,800m2 of healthy heather moorland.

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