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The M40 motorway - how Otmoor was saved by local campaigners

In 1980 Otmoor in Oxfordshire was threatened by a government proposal for the M40 motorway to cross the area. However, it was saved by an imaginative local campaign to become a site of national conservation value. Joe Weston led this campaign and explains why it was necessary and how it was carried out. The motorway's route was changed producing the biggest bend on any motorway in this country. We learn how it was named Alice's Meadow because of the link with Alice Through the Looking Glass and the chessboard.

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3 minutes