Leading mountaineer, writer and broadcaster Cameron McNeish has urged the Government to give a special designation to Scotland's last remaining areas of wild land.

The Public Petitions Committee will debate tomorrow a petition he helped the John Muir Trust conservation charity hand in two years ago.

Mr McNeish said: "The Scottish Government could use the opportunity presented by the Year of Natural Scotland to make a powerful statement for wildness and all the benefits it brings by putting in place proper protection for Scotland's wild land.

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"I hope the committee will push for the Environment Minister and Scottish Natural Heritage to take action."