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Campaign launched to protect wild areas of Scotland

Posted 13 January 2010
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Campaign launched to protect wild areas of Scotland
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Conservancy body the John Muir Trust has launched a campaign to preserve the remaining areas of wilderness in Scotland.

The body is seeking stronger legal protection for such landscapes following the recent decision to allow an expanded Beauly-Denny power line linking northern Scotland with the central belt, with large pylons due to be constructed through the Cairngorms National Park.

Chairman of the trust John Hutchison said: "Last week's Beauly-Denny decision has shown how even the Cairngorms National Park has proved an inadequate defence from the creeping industrialisation of our natural environment."

According to the John Muir Trust, the amount of Scottish land with no visual intrusion from man-made development fell by 25 per cent between 2002 and 2008.

The body has produced a map of the wildest areas of Scotland, which those keen to go walking or go camping may be interested in and purchase Ordnance Survey Maps of such localities to help navigate there.

Founded in 1983, the John Muir Trust owns over 25,000 acres of land outright and a further 50,000 in partnerships with others.

Posted by Elaine Arthur