MOD reminds visitors to stay safe at Imber this summer

The sleepy village of Imber – nestled deep in the heart of Salisbury Plain – will once again open its doors to visitors this summer.

Between Saturday 8th August and Sunday 23rd August the public will be able to access the site, which continues to be used as a military training area.

Although training operations are not underway when the village is open to the public, the DIO, which manages the site for the Ministry of Defence, has a responsibility to ensure that anyone visiting this historic village has a safe and enjoyable experience.

Visitors making the journey to Imber are reminded to stick to public rights of way during their visit and to those areas of the village where it has been deemed safe. Additionally, the public is reminded not to enter any buildings that are marked ‘unsafe’ or approach or climb on any tank hulks.

Lt Col Andrew Sherburn Senior Training Safety Officer for DIO at Salisbury Plain said:

“Imber is important to DIO as it helps us deliver vital training to support the Armed Forces.

“But we also have a responsibility to ensure that public visiting Imber are kept safe at all times.

“We would ask any visitors to the Plain to comply with local signs and flags and adhere to the advice that’s given by our staff and volunteers. We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable time when they visit Imber, but to do this we need everyone’s cooperation.”

A flier welcoming visitors to Imber – and reminding people of the dos and don’ts when visiting the village – is available to download from the GOV.UK website. Visitors to the area are advised to read the flier before coming to the village.

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Further information:

Press enquiries to Emma Sloper, Communications Officer 0121 311 2400 or email emma.sloper100@mod.uk

DIO website: www.gov.uk/dio

Twitter: @mod_dio

Read DIO’s blog: https://insidedio.blog.gov.uk/

Notes to Editors          

1) The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) plays a vital role in supporting our Armed Forces by building, maintaining and servicing what the men and women who serve our country need to live, work, train and deploy on operations.

2) DIO is part of the Ministry of Defence (MOD). It is responsible for managing and maintaining land and properties, as well as providing related support services, to meet the current and future needs of the MOD and personnel at home and abroad, and to support current operations.

3) Public Safety at Imber flier: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/salisbury-plain-public-safety-at-imber

Imber Range Byelaws 1963: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/39585/imber_range.pdf

Salisbury Plain Byelaws 1981: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/39589/salisbury_plain.pdf

http://www.imberchurch.org.uk/

Salisbury Plain Training Area (SPTA) newsletter: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/salisbury-plain-training-area-spta-newsletter

Churches Conservation Trust: http://www.visitchurches.org.uk/ 

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