As many of you will now be aware, there was a fire at the hay barn beyond Pitstone Green Farm at the weekend.
The fire service has now handed the site back to the National Trust. The fire continues to smoulder and will remain hot for several days. The barn has suffered substantial damage and there is a risk of a serious collapse. The asbestos roofing on the barn has exploded as a result of the fire and there is debris covering a substantial area. Whilst the risk from the asbestos is low, it will require specialist clear up and removal.
National Trust have erected temporary fencing around the barn and padlocked the gate that leads from the Pitstone Green Farm into the Windmill fields. There is no right of way between the farm and the fields. It is essential that people DO NOT try and go to look at the damage.
This incident is being treated as a crime. If anyone has any information that may help identify who is responsible for this act, we would be most grateful if they would call it in to the police on 101. The crime reference number associated with this incident is 43180351690.