Trust petition for wild land designation gains momentum

Public Petitions Commitee agrees to invite Scottish Natural Heritage to give evidence on wild land protection.

As part of the process of gathering evidence on the John Muir Trust’s petition for a wild land designation, the Scottish Parliament’s Public Petitions Committee has agreed to invite Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) to give oral evidence.  

A provisional date - subject to confirmation - for this has been set as Tuesday 16 April at 10am at the Scottish Parliament.  

Supporters of the Trust’s Wild Land Campaign can attend this session to watch the proceedings, or watch online. Please check the Scottish Parliament's website for confirmation of this date and the latest information - including how to book seats. The site will also publish the agenda and papers for the meeting on the afternoon of Thursday 11 April.

The Trust wrote to the Committee on 13 March in response to the latest submission to the Committee by the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Paul Wheelhouse MSP. In our letter we urge the Committee to reflect on the implications of further loss of Scotland’s wild land and to use its powers to encourage the Scottish Government and its agencies to take action to ensure that Scotland’s wild land is given the protection that is so urgently required. We conclude by pointing out how the Year of Natural Scotland 2013 gives the Scottish Government a particular opportunity to safeguard the wild land for which Scotland is famous.