13 September 1999
Hunters attempt National Trust coup

HUNT supporters are trying to take control of the ruling body of the National Trust, reports The Times today.

A group of pro-hunters are attempting to get elected to the council of the Trust so that they can fight to preserve hunting on the Trusts 273,172ha (675,000 acres).

The “county set” names include: Lucinda Green, the international three-day eventer; Robin Hanbury-Tenison, the organiser of the Countryside March.

Robert Waley-Cohen, a board member of the Countryside March who hunts with the Devon and Somerset Stag Hounds, is also bidding for election.

Just nine of the 26 elected members of the 52-strong council — half are nominated members — are up for re-election this year.

The Trusts 2.5m members received voting papers last week and results will be announced at the Trusts annual meeting in Belfast on 6 November.