Beatrix Potter’s Evil Master Plan: Trash Woodlands, Replace with “woolly maggots”

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Beatrix Potter’s Evil Master Plan: Trash Woodlands, Replace with “woolly maggots” So says George Monbiot.

Nuclear enthusiast George Monbiot has said of the Lakeland fells: “The forests that once covered them have been reduced by the white plague to bare rock and bowling green…the sheep wiped the hills clean.” Sounds persuasive. But is it credible?

Far from the fells being covered in trees the pre-Neolithic landscape would be a relatively open park-like mosaic rather than closed forest. It is a very safe bet that there are far fewer of Beatrix Potter’s beloved Herdwick on the Lakeland fells now than there were when she was the Ennerdale Show President in the 1930’s. It is also very safe to say that the wildlife of the Fells was far more abundant in Beatrix Potters hayday. Recent research into the ‘brand’ of Cumbria has shown that farming and tourism are the…

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One thought on “Beatrix Potter’s Evil Master Plan: Trash Woodlands, Replace with “woolly maggots”

  1. huge sympathy with those that want to rewild and agree to an extent …..but not to the extent of George Monbiot’s and James Lovelock’s vision of a landscape left to the nuclear industry at Ennerdale and West Cumbria “if you dump nuclear waste, you will keep developers out…there will be mutations and shortened lifespans but the wildthings will neither know nor care…..” NO NO NO!!!

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