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Camping controversy updates

Thursday 10th September 2020, 4:26pm

Camping – wild, dirty, roadside or considerate – has been much in the news recently, and Mountaineering Scotland has played an active role in the debate, engaging with local authorities, other organisations and the Scottish Government.

The problems associated with dirty camping were raised in the Scottish Parliament, through a motion by Murdo Fraser MSP. His motion and the contributions from his fellow MSPs can be read here

It is interesting to note that in the generally well-informed comments from MSPs a number raised the importance of countryside rangers and outdoor education for young people. Indeed, since then Liz Smith MSP has secured a debate on 22 September on the future of outdoor education centres.

Mountaineering Scotland provided briefing notes to MSPs for Mr Fraser’s debate, which can be read here

The Board of Mountaineering Scotland have also discussed the question of camping and have produced a Wild Camping Position Statement, which can be read on our website.

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