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Trust seeks political support to protect wild land

Posted 15 April 2010
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Trust seeks political support to protect wild land
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Those who like to go walking, stay in tents, put on some cycle gear or get out the climbing chalk may wish to write to their MPs about the conservation of wild land, the John Muir Trust has said.

In an email to supporters, the trust said that now is a very good time to win support for its Wild Land Campaign by writing to election candidates asking them to support statutory protection for such land.

The campaign is based on the fact that only 31 per cent of Scotland is unaffected by any kind of visual impact from man-made structures, compared with 41 per cent a decade ago.

It has asked supporters throughout the UK to send letters based on a template spelling out such facts, with additional points about Scottish public opinion to be addressed to candidates standing north of the border.

The political campaigns of the body have included a crusade to reduce the blight of unsightly hill tracks caused by off-road vehicles on Scottish mountains, which has been aimed at the Scottish parliament.

MSPs Peter Peacock and Sarah Boyack, who have led the campaign, recently managed to secure a debate at Holyrood on the subject.

Posted by Dan Mirza