Voluntary Sector: Taking Action ... Save Gillies' Hill vs Stirling Council, Hanson and Tarmac

Protesters: Save Gillies' Hill campaign group
Target: Stirling Council, Hanson Aggregates and Tarmac
Location: Cambusbarron village in Sterling, Scotland
Date: 20 June

The lowdown

Seven hundred people took part in a march to save Gillies' Hill in the village of Cambusbarron from plans to quarry the site for whinstone. The people taking part in the march were led by pipers and men in armour.

Why the protests?

The hill is believed to have played a critical part in the Scottish victory over the English at the Battle of Bannockburn. The march marked the 696th anniversary of the battle, when Robert the Bruce's followers emerged from the woods south of Stirling, causing the English to mistake them for Scottish reinforcements.

Gillies' Hill is also a favourite location for countryside walks and a habitat for wildlife and rare plants.

How did Stirling Council respond?

Stirling Council is due to decide on Thursday whether it will back legal action to help prevent quarrying. No-one from Tarmac was available to comment, but in 2007 a spokesman said the company had no plans to restart quarrying at the site.

How did the media cover it?

The Scotsman covered the story, under the headline: 'Protesters march to continue the fight in new battle of Bannockburn'. The BBC covered it online, as did The Herald.

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