Ashburton Ventures Inc. options prospective gold property contiguous with Goldcorp’s Red Lake-Campbell Mine Complex, Ontario

Ashburton Ventures Inc. options prospective gold property contiguous with Goldcorp’s Red Lake-Campbell Mine Complex, Ontario 150 150 Progressive Planet Inc.

Ashburton Ventures Inc.
options prospective gold property contiguous with Goldcorp’s Red

Lake-Campbell Mine Complex, Ontario

March 23, 2009, VANCOUVER, B.C. – ASHBURTON VENTURES INC. (ABR-TSX:V)
(“Ashburton” or the “Company”) and Solitaire Minerals Corp (SLT-TSX:V)
have entered into an option agreement whereby Ashburton can obtain a
60% interest in Solitaire’s Chukuni Property consisting of 3 claims,
covering 1,520 acres in the Red Lake Mining District of Ontario
adjoining
Goldcorp’s Red Lake-Campbell Mine Complex. This Option Agreement is subject to TSX Venture Exchange approval.
The Chukuni property lies within the southern corridor of the Cochenour- Gullrock deformation zone and is of particular
interest within the Red Lake Mining District as it hosts the well known Red Lake-Campbell Mine Complex. Goldcorp’s Red
Lake-Campbell Mine Complex, approximately 3.5 km to the north of the Chukuni property, currently remains one of
Canada’s largest and richest Archean gold deposits. Goldcorp’s Red Lake-Campbell Mine Complex produced 629,000 ounces
of gold in 2008 (source: Goldcorp’s website at the following link http://www.goldcorp.com/operations/red_lake_mine/).

New drill targets have been identified as a result of the information collected from a past work program (drilling and
airborne) performed by Solitaire Minerals in 2006 and from further analysis of the airborne magnetic anomalies (Fraser
filtered VLF-EM data).

Cumulative terms of the agreement for Ashburton Ventures Inc. to earn a 60% interest from Solitaire Minerals Corp. in the
Chukuni property are for Ashburton to pay Solitaire Minerals $90,000 cash, issue 1,000,000 common shares and spend
$1,000,000 in exploration expenditures over a three year period.

Mr. Andrew Tims, P.Geo, will be operating as the Company’s qualified person under National Instrument 43-101. Mr. Tims
has reviewed the technical content of this news release and confirms its accuracy.

Ashburton Ventures Inc. is a recently listed junior exploration company
whose mission is to acquire highly prospective base and precious metal
properties for the benefit of its stakeholders. The Company’s website
can be viewed at
www.ashburtonventures.com.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
“Michael England”
___________________________
Michael England, President

For further information contact:
Telephone: (604) 683-3995
Facsimile: (604) 683-3988
Email: [email protected]

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the
TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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