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Fight launched to save rabbit story common

Posted 17 February 2012
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Fight launched to save rabbit story common
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A fight has been launched to save an area of countryside having homes built on it - involving the author whose famous novel featured precisely such an event.

Watership Down writer Richard Adams has joined others to fight a plan for 2,000 new houses at Sandleford Common, after West Berkshire Council voted in favour of the development.

Mr Adams liked to go walking there in his youth and used the spot for the setting of the warren from which a group of rabbits escape before it is destroyed, wandering southwards into Hampshire before eventually settling on Watership Down.  

He said he would fight "tooth and nail" against the plans alongside the 'Say no to Sandleford' pressure group.

Walkers visiting the area might wish to climb Watership Down itself, from where panoramic views can be enjoyed to the north.

The book was made into an animated film in 1978, featuring the Art Garfunkel hit Bright Eyes.