CLAIMS that the British countryside is racist and colonial have been blasted as nonsense.
The allegation that the great outdoors is a white space where ethnic minorities do not feel welcome was levelled in a report to MPs.
But Tim Bonner, boss of the Countryside Alliance, hit back, saying: “It’s ridiculous to say people in the countryside are racist and this is just attention-seeking nonsense.
“Rural people are happy to go out of their way to make people from rural minorities who don’t have experience of the countryside welcome.”
It said: “Racist colonialcontinue to frame nature in the UK as a ‘white space’ and people of colour as ‘out of place’.”