The Area

areaThe Plain Action Geographical Area. The Plain Action Local Action Group Area is located in Wiltshire in the south west of England and encompasses Salisbury Plain itself with the immediate surrounding villages and market towns, creating a discrete and identifiable area.


It is an open exposed landscape with sparse villages, military establishments and isolated tenanted farms. Main transport routes are limited to the A303 cutting across the south east corner, the A360 running diagonally from Salisbury across to Devizes and the A350 running from Warminster north. The garrison towns of Westbury, Warminster, Tidworth, Amesbury, Bulford, Larkhill and Durrington predominate, providing lower cost housing but sometimes lacking in basic amenities, whilst Devizes provides an important service centre. Each settlement has a distinctive feel with the military playing an important role in the functioning of these places.


The landscape is considered to be of internationally high ecological importance. The extensive chalk grassland supports unique, rare and some scarce species of plants, invertebrates and birds. With over 200km2 of SSSIs and Special Areas of Conservation the Plain also boasts internationally important historical and archaeological sites, including Stonehenge and Woodhenge. In fact there are over 2,300 ancient monuments in the area. The potential for sustainable rural tourism and the land-based resources are immense.


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