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Wiltshire wins for darkness

October 21, 2019 8:18 AM
By LGA

The Local Government Association and The Daily Telegraph report that the Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has been named Britain's best stargazing spot, after being recognised as an official dark sky reserve by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA). The IDA recognises areas which have "exceptionally starry skies," and this is the first time a full area in the UK has been granted the status. The managers of Cranborne Chase spent more than a decade working to meet the criteria required, working with residents, councils, highway departments, businesses and schools to ensure outdoor light was only used "when it is strictly needed." The area's director, Linda Nunn, noted that Wiltshire Council, which administers two-thirds of the area, "has already agreed to upgrade its street lighting" to help.

The Cranborne Chase AONB covers 380 sq miles of countryside overlapping the boundaries of Wiltshire, Dorset, Hampshire and Somerset.