Keep it Wild - take action! (updated 13/11/17)Published: 13th June 2017
Write to or email your MSPs and/or Scotland's Planning Minister about the need to save Scotland's wild land. See our suggested letter below.
- If you live in Scotland - please write to your MSPs. Remember you have both a constituency MSP and regional MSPs - write to them all. Find out who your MSPs are here
- Write to the Minister with responsibility for planning:- Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Local Government & Housing, Scottish Government, St. Andrews House, Regent Road, Edinburgh, EH1 3DG. You can also email the Minister
- Edit the text in square brackets according to whether you are writing to your MSPs or the Minister.
- Let us know if you have taken action and what response you get. Email the campaign
[YOUR ADDRESS/CONTACT DETAILS]
Dear [INSERT NAME OF MSP OR MINISTER]
Wild land matters to Scotland’s people - a recent YouGov survey for the John Muir Trust showed that 80% of Scotland’s people want to keep Scotland’s Wild Land Areas free from major developments. That is a colossal 16 to 1 majority giving their backing to wild land protection. I am one of that 80%. [HERE YOU COULD CUSTOMISE YOUR LETTER BY GIVING AN EXAMPLE OF A WILD PLACE THAT IS SPECIAL TO YOU].
Wild land is also a key part of Scotland’s natural heritage and national identity. It is a major driver of the Scottish economy, attracting tourists from all over the world to visit, spend money and support jobs in some our most fragile local communities. Recently, Scotland was voted the most beautiful country in the world in a Rough Guides readers’ poll.
The YouGov poll shows that Scotland is united in wishing to keep our wild landscapes free from large-scale wind farms, giant pylons, super quarries and other inappropriate commercial developments. Protecting wild land from this sort of thing doesn’t mean no development – wild land is a place of opportunity for small-scale, sensitively-sited developments and initiatives that could be of immense benefit to fragile rural communities, as well as benefitting wildlife. But those benefits can only be realised if we stop the gradual erosion of these places because of the impacts of industrial-scale developments.
As my MSP you can play a vital role. You can help by speaking up for wild land as Scotland’s new Planning Bill is debated in Parliament. The Bill is "silent" on the environment. Please help us to get better protection for Wild Land Areas, by giving them the same protection from wind farms as is already the case for National Scenic Areas and National Parks.
Wild land matters so much – to me, and to Scotland. I look forward to your reply.
NB: This template letter was updated 13/11/17 - if you have received a paper copy of another version this is equally valid.