Monday, October 10, 2011

Hands Off Our Land: Loss of green spaces breeds social strife, warns Mears

Ray Mears, the survival expert, has joined a growing chorus of voices concerned about unrestrained development, warning that a shortage of green spaces can lead to the sort of social disruption witnessed during the summer's riots.

Responding to the Government's proposed radical planning reforms, Mears said that a rising population was not an excuse to create a concrete jungle.

The 47 year-old, whose television series have demonstrated ancient survival skills, urged politicians to recognise the importance of Britain's remaining areas of wilderness.

"You can still get away from everything. Despite the populous nature of our country, there are still great opportunities for feeling a sense of wildness," he said.

He warned that open spaces were constantly under threat from developers.

His comments come after The Telegraph launched the Hands Off Our Land campaign. Explaining his fears, Mears, who returns to ITV1 next Friday with the second series of Wild Britain, said: "Roads are much busier than they were. There are a lot more people around. We need to develop a new reverence for wild places. They are more important and more under threat than ever before." more