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Update: moorland fire at Lyme Park

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After working closely with the emergency services through the afternoon and into the night of the 18th April, Lyme Park’s house, gardens and park have re-opened to visitors today (19th April) in time for the Easter bank holiday weekend.

National Trust representatives have said there is no damage to the house or gardens, nor any reports of injuries to people or deer on the 1,400 acre site.

A spokesperson said: “Thanks to the amazing efforts of the fire services and our team on the ground, Lyme is open as normal on Friday 19th April with Easter weekend activities going ahead as planned.”

The area affected by the fire covers approximately two square kilometres of moorland. No cause has yet been revealed.

The National Trust, volunteers and partner organisations will now begin to assess the impact of the damage and take steps to help the landscape recover.

Eleanor Underhill, assistant director for the National Trust in the North West, commented: “We would like to thank Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service for working so quickly together with our team of staff and volunteers.

“They have worked tirelessly to contain and extinguish the fire.”

Comprising moorland, meadows and gardens, Lyme is renowned for its medieval herd of red deer and stunning walks and views.

Nestling on the edge of the Peak District, Lyme Park was once home to the Legh family and in its heyday was a great sporting estate.

Deborah Maxwell, Lyme’s general manager said: “We are so grateful for all of the messages of support. The area affected was primarily moorland.

“Dry and hot weather makes the moors more combustible.  If it’s windy, it can spread very quickly.

“The National Trust has been working proactively for many years to reduce wildfire risk through restoring the moorlands and monitoring for signs of fire in hot weather.”

Deborah urged visitors to take extra care during dry conditions.

She said: “We need our visitors’ help to prevent the risk of fire across the countryside that we care for, particularly when we experience prolonged periods of dry weather or are in drought conditions.

“People can make all the difference in limiting this risk by just following simple measures included in the countryside code such as ensuring they take home any litter, making sure any lit cigarettes are properly extinguished and disposed of responsibly and to never light fires.”

BBQs are not permitted at Lyme.

Visitors are also urged to help protect the moors and wildlife by calling the fire brigade immediately if they spot any signs of fire.

The fire last night was located on a large moorland area south of Knightslow Woods, and firefighters used hose reel jets, water backpacks and beaters to tackle the fire, together with specialist moorland firefighting equipment.

 

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