In George Monbiot’s celebrated book No Man’s Land he describes tourists in Africa as ‘aristocrats who shape the lives of local people and how they use their land’. He might have said the same of this country.
Our beautiful countryside, visited by millions, has also been carefully shaped over thousands of years by the communities that look after it. George Monbiot forgot to mention that controlled winter heather burning (Opinion, 12 February) has been used for thousands of years to create and protect our open heather moorlands.
It’s bizarre he also failed to mention that successive Government reviews have found no link between flooding and this type of burning, the sort promoted by the Green Party in Australia to control wildfire risk.
Burning now joins a growing list of things he no longer wishes to see when visiting the countryside, including the sheep and cows that have been part of our countryside since Neolithic times. Has he become an aristocrat?
Director of Communications
Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust
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