Author slams Lake District

An environmentalist and author has described the Lake District as the most depressing landscape in Europe.

"You'll see more wildlife in Birmingham" claims Monbiot

In his article in the Guardian, author Geroge Mobiot slams the Lake District landscape:

"I see it as one of the most depressing landscapes in Europe. It competes with the chemical deserts of East Anglia for the title of Britain's worst-kept countryside.

"The celebrated fells have been thoroughly sheepwrecked: the forests which once covered them have been reduced by the white plague to bare rock and bowling green.

"By eating the young trees that would otherwise have replaced their parents, the sheep wiped the hills clean. They keep them naked, mowing down every edible plant that raises its head, depriving animals of their habitats.

"You'll see more wildlife in Birmingham. Their sharp hooves compact the soil, ensuring that rain flashes off, causing floods downstream.

"This is the state which the bid would help preserve in perpetuity, preventing the ecological restoration of England's biggest national park.

– George Monbiot

To read Mr Monbiot's full article, click here.

"Lake District is renowned as a cultural landscape"

An author and environmentalist has stunned thousands of people by describing the Lake District as one of the most depressing places in Europe.

George Monbiot believes the sheep have ruined the beautiful landscape and he says he is bitterly opposed to a campaign to turn the Lake District into a World Heritage site.

Julia Aglionby is the director for the National Centre for the Uplands, at Newton Rigg College, and she strongly disagrees with Mr Monbiot's views:

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Author slams Lake District as "most depressing landscape" in Europe

An environmentalist and author has described the Lake District as the most depressing landscape in Europe.

George Monbiot said it competes with what he describes as the chemical desert of East Anglia for the title of Britain's worst kept countryside.

He says the fells have been ruined by over-management and too many sheep.

Writing in a national newspaper, he claims the close grazing means there is no opportunity for plants and trees to grow.

A fourth attempt will be made next month to have the region recognised as a World Heritage Site.