Defence Training Estate

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Defence Training Estates is an organisation within the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence. It is the operating division of the Defence Infrastructure Organisation, responsible for the management of the 78% of the defence estate allocated as Training Areas and Ranges. The organisation is responsible for provision of sufficient and suitable estate to support the training requirements of the British Armed Forces whilst assuring environmental management and appropriate historical and archaeological preservation.

Structure and partners[edit]

The organisation is headquartered at the Waterloo Lines, Warminster and has a number of regional headquarters responsible for the management of the training estate on a regional basis.

DTE works with nature conservation bodies to safeguard designated sites and protected species within the estate. These bodies include the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, Natural England, Scottish Natural Heritage, the Countryside Council for Wales and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency.[1]

Some practical support is outsourced to Landmarc Solutions, a joint venture between Interserve (a UK support services company) and PAE (an American multinational support services company owned by Lindsay Goldberg).[2][3]

Public access[edit]

DTE operate a principle of presumption of public access to the training estate. Access is limited where training and exercise activities are taking place or where the use of munitions precludes safe access.

Conservation and archaeology[edit]

As much of the training estate remains undeveloped, either through habitation or agriculture, the training estate holds considerable conservation and archaeological value.

Training Areas: England & Wales[edit]

Training areas that the DTE is responsible for include:

Salisbury Plain Training Area[edit]

The Salisbury Plain Training Area covers around half of Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire and provides a number of facilities, including:

  • Trenchard Lines, Upavon – headquarters of the Air Support Operations Centre and airfield suitable for rotary wing operations
  • Everleigh – non-designated landing area, Drop-Zone, and headquarters dispersal area supporting exercise activities
  • Tidworth – home of 1 Mechanised Brigade across a number of barracks in the town with direct access to the plain
  • Perham Down – Royal Engineer Barracks and training location for the Military Stabilisation Support Group
  • Bulford – headquarters 3(UK) Division and associated force elements
  • Larkhill – home of the Artillery Centre
  • Knook Camp – accommodation centre
  • Warminster
  • Westdown Camp, near Tilshead – accommodation centre, location of the Field Training Unit and the headquarters of DTE Salisbury Plain
  • Imber – ranges and Drop-Zone
  • Copehill DownFighting in Built Up Areas training range

Barton Stacey Training Area[edit]

Land around former camps at Barton Stacey, Hampshire.

Warcop Training Area[edit]

Warcop Training Area (WTA) is a 24,000-acre (9,700 ha) area in the North Pennines in Cumbria. Operated by the Infantry Training Centre at Catterick Garrison, the area has facilities for infantry and tank live-fire training.

Stanford Training Area[edit]

Stanford Training Area, known as STANTA, is a large operational training area in the vicinity of Thetford, Norfolk. It is used by the Operational Training and Advisory Group for pre-deployment training.

Sennybridge Training Area[edit]

Sennybridge Training Area, known as SENTA, lies in Powys to the north of the Brecon Beacons.


Okehampton Camp.

Training Areas: Scotland[edit]

DTE Scotland is responsible for:[4]

Barry Buddon Training Centre, Angus.

Cape Wrath Training Centre, Sutherland.

Castlelaw Training Area and Ranges, Pentland Hills, Midlothian.

Fort George Training Area, Inverness.

Garelochhead Training Camp, Argyll and Bute – accommodation and dry training up to Battalion strength.

Kirkcudbright Training Area, Dumfries and Galloway, including the Dundrennan Range, the only open air live depleted uranium weapons test range in the British Isles.

Strone Camp, Argyll and Bute – accommodation to Company strength and FIBUA training area.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Defence Infrastructure Organisation estate and sustainable development". 21 June 2013. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Landmarc is". Landmarc Solutions. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Investments". Lindsay Goldberg. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Public Information Leaflet" (PDF). Defence Training Estate Scotland. Retrieved 14 March 2016.