Wuthering Moors 12

To Richard Benyon

Parliamentary Under Secretary



Dear Richard

I am writing to you concerning the Natural England decision to reach an agreement with the Walshaw Moor Estate over their past, present and future management of moorland and blanket bog.

I believe that this enquiry falls under the remit of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, but in any case I am asking about a matter of public interest given that the protection of our natural environment, legal case law, public expenditure through agri-environment schemes and precedents over the management of a large part of the English uplands may all be influenced by NE’s position on this matter.  I would therefore be grateful for a full reply within 20 days of this letter.

Please let me know:

  • what has been your involvement in the Walshaw Moor case?
  • what meetings, conversations, letters, email conversations have you had on this matter with bodies such as Natural England, the Moorland Association, the Countryside Alliance, the RSPB, the Walshaw Moor Estate, its representatives, Mr Richard Bannister, or with Defra staff or Board members.
  • have representations been made to you on this case by any other MPs?

Yours sincerely


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