Sheffield Moors Partnership people got into a tangle on Thursday, a kind of institutional nimbyism. They were at the Action for Involvement event on the Uplands and Moorlands.
They listened to a compelling case made by George Monbiot for a wilder landscape without farm livestock where nature makes the decisions not managers. They had recently of course completed their own Master Plan for the Sheffield Moors and it insists on having 'extensive grazing' and plenty of management intervention. So they could hardly agree could they?
So we had the spectacle of Roy Taylor of RSPB saying he was all in favour of rewilding but not on his patch thank you. Let it happen in the Lake District or somewhere.
This was music to the ears of the National Trust and Sheffield Wildlife Trust who, along with RSPB and Sheffield City Council, had indicated in their draft Master Plan that what they were doing was
creating a model for the way all UK uplands should be managed.
So when do we believe them?