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Hill tracks campaign stepped up

Posted 2 June 2010
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Hill tracks campaign stepped up
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A campaign to reduce the visual impact of hill tracks on wild land in Scotland is gaining pace, after MSPs Peter Peacock and Sarah Boyack confirmed the date of a parliamentary debate on the issue.

Members will discuss the matter at Holyrood on June 9th and in an email to supporters, the pair urged people to write to their MSPs to encourage them to support the cause of curbing such tracks.

Those who like to go walking or jump on a mountain bike in Scotland may wish to do this in order to improve the visual quality of the landscape.

Over 2,000 people have signed a petition on the issue and there is also a Facebook group with over 200 members.

The campaign is backed by mountain conservation body the John Muir Trust.

In February the Trust's head of policy Helen McDade commented: "It is vital the planning system is strengthened to ensure these tracks are constructed only where they are necessary and in a way that is sensitive to the environment."

Posted by Elaine Arthur