The National Trust has hit back at claims made by members of a syndicate on the Wallington Estate in Northumberland, which had its lease terminated recently, that the organisation has an ?alarming? ignorance of shooting.

Speaking excusively to Shooting Times, the trust?s director of conservation, Peter Nixon, said that the events at Wallington were not part of a nationwide anti-shooting policy and that it would be ?unfair? to brand the trust as anti-shooting.

Mr Nixon said: ?Our overall policy on shooting has not changed ? we understand the importance of countryside traditions and we allow fieldsports to take place on our properties where they are traditionally practised providing they are compatible with our purposes ? public access and nature conservation.?

Concerns about the trust were also raised by shooters after the release of a document entitled National Trust Launches Drive to get Britain Outdoors. Despite promising to promote a range of activites that take place on Trust land, the document failed to mention shooting or any other country sport.

The rest of this article appears in 23rd February issue of Shooting Times.

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