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Friday, February 1, 2008

New Pictures - and more on Wild Camping

Some new pictures on a winter theme from Roger Boston are now in the gallery - Roger has sent in some superb photos, so we'll feature some more in a couple of weeks.

The debate surrounding the petition to extend the CRoW act to allow wildcamping continues, and the argument against the nay sayers is well put by John Manning . Throughout this debate both pro and anti views have been expressed reasonably and cogently, which reflects well on the outdoors community.

I think it has been good to have the debate carried out in a relatively low key way at first, allowing the arguments on both sides to be aired and tested outside the national media. However, presently the debate is mainly being carried out on the web, by outdoors bloggers and forum users, and clearly needs to break out into other media to gain momentum. It will be interesting to see how it is covered in the national magazines such as TGO and Trail. Hopefully this will be the route for the story to become mainstream without ill informed reporters for the general press going off at half cock. Even so the Daily Rant will no doubt predict waves of itinerant vagabonds pitching up in their readers gardens!

Next Friday I'm off for a couple of days backpacking and wild camping "somewhere in England", with Alan Sloman, so watch out for a dispatch from the front line!



Blogger Phil said...

Stop Press.

Cameron McNeish has said that there will be a piece on this issue in the April edition of TGO Magazine (in the shops 5th March).

Looks as though the petition is morphing into a campaign - but the more signatures the greater the authority with which Cameron and others can speak on our behalf, so if you haven't signed, do it now - all you have to do is click here.

February 1, 2008 at 5:05 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

If you've signed the petition, it would also be a great help if you wrote a letter of support to your local MP. You might want to look at my blog on the subject: http://blogpackinglight.wordpress.com/2008/02/02/nearing-300/

A letter to an MP is likley to carry more weight than signing a petition. Something that would help tremendously would be an MP who is willing to support the cause. If you have any positive feedback, let Darren know.

February 2, 2008 at 7:40 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

Quite right, Robin.

If anyone wants to write, and is unsure exactly who their MP is this site will point you in the right direction. It allows you to email direct, but I prefer a proper letter myself.

And have I done so? Yes indeed.

February 2, 2008 at 10:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You write very well.

October 29, 2008 at 7:00 AM  

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