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:
"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.