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MP pushes case for wild land designation

Posted 18 December 2012
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MP pushes case for wild land designation
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An MP has been pushing the case in parliament for more protection of wild land in the UK against development.

The campaign, initiated by the John Muir Trust, has led to over 6,000 signatures being collected calling for more areas to be classed as national park land or parts of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Many who like to go walking in unspoilt areas may feel they strongly support the idea.

Conservative MP for Montgomeryshire Glyn Davies presented the petition and called for non-partisan support for the idea.

He remarked: "This is an issue that crosses political boundaries and I would expect traditional rivalries to be set aside as members of all political parties rally behind this defence of our wild land."

Mr Davies said one such threat exists in his own rural Welsh constituency, where a line of pylons is proposed.

Proportionately, Wales has more land protected by national park status than any other part of Britain, with 19.9 per cent of its land area covered by Snowdonia, the Brecon Beacons or the Pembrokeshire Coast.

In England the coverage is 9.3 per cent and in Scotland, just 7.2 per cent, while Northern Ireland has no national parks.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801509260-ADNFCR