The thing about the Lake District is that although we appreciate its raw natural grandeur, it has also felt the hand of man strongly in its appearance, economy, conservation and management. The fact that it is a national park should not be taken for granted. Mining, industrialisation, intensive farming and tourism have all taken their toll – and the park as we all appreciate it these days is guarded by the forces of conservation against the irrepressible march of modernisation. If this sounds like a Romantic diatribe, it is only because we face, once again, a choice point in our history. Do we sacrifice the material gains of the present for the welfare of the future, or do we continue to plunder Mother earth’s bountiful riches until the chest is empty, and the well dry????
Answers on a postcard please.