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Conservation charity marks 30 years

Posted 23 January 2013
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Conservation charity marks 30 years
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The John Muir Trust (JMT) has marked three decades since it was founded by publishing an old newspaper report showing some issues are the same now as they were then.

It displayed an article from the Press and Journal from January 1983 about its bid to raise funds to buy the 50,000 acre Knoydart estate in the northern Highlands, described in the report as "one of the last wilderness areas in Britain".

The report noted former athlete Chris Brasher had thrown his weight behind a campaign to secure the land for future generations after 18 months of it being up for sale - with only public opinion stopping the Ministry of Defence (MOD) from buying it as an army training area.

Those who like to go walking in the northern Highlands might be well aware that a present-day bid by the MOD to buy a piece of land on Cape Wrath is also the subject of a campaign by the JMT.

Locals in Durness fear an MOD purchase would enable it to make the peninsula inaccessible to the public, damaging tourism.

The JMT is backing a rival community-led purchase bid and publicising a petition against the MOD plans.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801527640-ADNFCR