Overwhelming public support for wild land map of Scotland

The John Muir Trust recently hailed the result of a Scottish Natural Heritage public consultation on its core wild land map as a resounding endorsement of the proposal to step up wild land protection.According to the Trust’s analysis of the 410 responses received:•


  • 80 per cent back the wild land map
  • 14 per cent oppose the map
  • 6 per cent are neutral

All 410 responses can be downloaded from the SNH website.

Stuart Brooks, chief executive of the John Muir Trust said: “The scale of support for the map and the eloquence of the responses underline how passionately people value Scotland’s wild land.

“We would now urge politicians of all parties to come together to support the map as the next step towards protecting Scotland’s world famous wild land from unsightly and ecologically damaging development.

“In particular we would ask the Scottish Government to include a reference to the wild land map in the draft National Planning Framework, which is now being scrutinised by parliamentary committees.”

Hundreds of individuals and dozens of not-for-profit organisations, including environmental charities, councils, community groups, and national bodies such as SportScotland and Historic Scotland have thrown their weight behind the wild land map.

John Hutchison, chair of the John Muir Trust, emphasised that the map is about protecting wild land from energy corporations and landowners intent on exploiting it for profit.

“As one of the main driving forces campaigning for the map, the John Muir Trust would emphasise that this is not about preventing small-scale development of renewables or other infrastructure by communities and local people.

“This is about stopping the mass industrialisation of our wildest landscapes under tangles of turbines, pylons, road and power sub-stations. These developments might generate lavish profits for landowners and distant shareholders, but they create few if any jobs for local people.”

1 comment to Overwhelming public support for wild land map of Scotland

  • Circus maxima

    Having done the hard work….SNH will now spend twice as much time trying to work out how to avoid conserving these areas…..or maybe the new chairman might give them their back bone back?