Our countryside is not in Trust-worthy hands
WHATEVER the pros and cons of the badger cull, it’s clear from Lady Scarsdale’s letter ( July 20) that the National Trust is not talking to its tenants or its nationwide members. The public perception is that the Trust, like other national organisations, has been taken over by the metropolitan elite and is subject to their fashionable political correctness.
As one of the country’s largest landowners, the Trust’s tenant farmers play a major role in the preservation of the countryside and support it financially. However, London has no interest in farming. The Trust’s decision to abandon the saving of country houses, without any public consultation, has devastated many members. Now, a similar edict to concentrate on saving the countryside and its wildlife, based on a Beatrix Potter view of the land and regardless of the effect on agriculture, will upset farmers.
For the Trust, the countryside is for visitors and leisure activities and there seems to be no interest in those who live and work there. Cottages are increasingly turned into holiday homes, yet young people cannot find homes.
It is also ridiculous to blame farmers for the demise of wild bees and hedgehogs. Farming is often a difficult balance between food production and the preservation of wildlife. Mary Lloyd, Flintshire