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Political parties 'to protect countryside'

Posted 5 May 2010
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Political parties 'to protect countryside'
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All three main political parties have given commitments in their election manifestos to protect Britain's open green spaces, it has been stated.

Such a point was made by the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) and the Campaign for National Parks after a study of the policy programmes of Labour, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats.

The Labour party intends to propose that more areas are given protected status, the Conservatives will produce a white paper on conservation and habitat restoration and the Liberal Democrats want to introduce a new designation of sites of importance to communities.

Nick Clegg's party also wishes to double Britain's forest cover by 2050, the BMC noted.

People wishing to go walking in the countryside may have learned the views of individual candidates and MPs on issues concerning the countryside in their local area.

One example of this may be the Westmorland and Lonsdale seat, which covers part of the Lake District and some areas that Natural England has proposed adding to the National Park.

Sitting MP Tim Farron has said the issue should be decided by local referendums involving the people living in such areas.

Posted by Elaine Arthur