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Trust publishes wild land plan

Posted 22 October 2010
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Trust publishes wild land plan
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Conservation body the John Muir Trust has unveiled its blueprint for the preservation of wild land around the UK.

Those donning fleeces and walking boots to head out into the wilds may be interested in this vision, which argues for more legislation to protect areas not currently guarded against risks to the landscape.

It also suggested buildings whose visual effects are detrimental to the landscape should be removed.

Chief executive Stuart Brooke noted: "Less than a third of the UK's best wild land has any protection under landscape designations such as national scenic areas and national park status."

According to the trust, the blueprint balances conservation with the needs of people living in rural communities around the country.

The amount of designated land in the UK has increased this year, with the creation of the South Downs National Park and the extension of the Cairngorms to incorporate a previously excluded area of Highland Perthshire.

Posted by Dan Mirza