IT'S POET VS PYLONS; Fight to Save Stunning View That Inspired William Wordsworth

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IT'S POET VS PYLONS; Fight to Save Stunning View That Inspired William Wordsworth


Byline: Claudia Joseph

WITH green, undulating hills and murmuring brooks, it is a majestic view that inspired some of William Wordsworth's most celebrated sonnets.

'Duddon, long-loved Duddon is my theme,' enthused the poet in the first of 32 sonnets about one of the Lake District's most celebrated rivers.

And one of Wordsworth's direct descendants is now fighting a plan that he says will blight the poet's beloved Duddon Valley with unsightly electricity pylons, each one the height of Nelson's Column.

The National Grid plans to spend PS2.8billion building a two-mile line of 90 155ft pylons linking the proposed nuclear plant at Moorside, near Sellafield, to Heysham power station in Morecambe. Although the power lines will border the Lake District National Park, rather than be installed within it, campaigners - including author Bill Bryson - are adamant they will be a catastrophe.

Christopher Wordsworth, 42, said his famous great-great-great-greatgrandfather would have been appalled by the plans. 'He was a very keen and good landscape gardener and always insisted trees and shrubs should be carefully planted "so as not to obscure the view". Therefore it is clear what his opinions would have been on pylons marching through the Duddon Valley.

'He would have seen the boundary between the national park and nonnational park as pretty arbitrary - and certainly it would not be in the spirit of what was envisaged to start placing massive eyesores on the very edge of it. The view from the Duddon Valley - which is as good as any view in the Lake District, if not better - is going to be spoilt by these giant pylons. It is such a shame and seems so ill-conceived. …

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