Consultation on Scottish Natural Heritage's wild land mapping - please respond by 20 December
The Scottish Government is considering whether to protect Scotland's finest areas of wild land in new planning policy. Scottish Natural Heritage has identified 'core areas' of wild land in Scotland, and is currently consulting on the map they have produced. If this map is adopted by the Government, it would represent a long-overdue recognition of the existence of Scotland's invaluable wild areas, and could be the first step in properly protecting them. If not, the rapid industrialisation of wild land will continue unchecked. It is therefore very important to respond to this consultation and send a clear message that wild land should be recognised and protected in planning policy.
The consultation documents can be accessed here. There are only three short questions to answer and submission is quick and easy.
Please remember to respond by Friday 20 December!
The Scottish Wild Land Group's response can be read here. Our main points are:
You may also want to read the response of the John Muir Trust, and the open letter to the Government written by the SWLG and seven other environmental groups last summer, calling for greater protection of Scotland's landscapes.