An environmentalist who claims that sheep are destroying the Lake District fells has been meeting the Cumbrian farmers, he says are to blame.
George Monbiot is well known nationally as an outspoken critic of farming practices but he agreed to meet farmers near Penrith to discuss what can be done to protect the landscape.
Fiona Marley-Paterson was there to see what happened.
An environmentalist who says sheep farming wrecks the fells met with Cumbrian hill farmers.
George Monbiot wrote in his book that sheep farming is ‘a slow-burning ecological disaster’ that ‘has done more damage to the living systems of this country than either climate change or industrial pollution'.
He met the Cumbria Commoners and Cumbria Young Commoners in Newton Rigg but they disagreed with his findings.
In his article in the Guardian, author Geroge Mobiot slams the Lake District landscape:
To read Mr Monbiot's full article, click here.
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:
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.