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Scottish outdoor groups seeking landscape commitment

Posted 12 January 2011
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Scottish outdoor groups seeking landscape commitment
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A group of Scottish pressure groups has joined forces to urge Scotland's politicians to commit to giving the countryside greater protection, something those who like to go walking there may support.

The John Muir Trust is among the bodies signing a letter asking the Scottish government to "reaffirm commitments" to the European Landscape Convention, which was signed into law by the UK government in 2006.

It has asked the first minister, the national government and the heads of the other devolved administrations to focus more on the importance of localism, environmental protection, the safeguarding of heritage and economic development.

This can be achieved with "the comprehensive implementation of Scotland's Landscape Charter and the corresponding country-wide initiatives of the other devolved governments," the letter said.

As well as the John Muir Trust, signatories included representatives of bodies like the Campaign to Protect Rural England, Ramblers Scotland, Mountaineering Council of Scotland and Ben Fogle from the Campaign for National Parks.

The letter has been written with the next election for the Scottish Parliament approaching, with the poll to take place in early May.