National Trust to lease air from Scottish duke

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After paying private landowners just over £200,000 for a ‘view’ in the Lake District, the National Trust is in talks with the Duke of Buccleuch to purchase or lease a supply of fresh air for use by the local peasants. The duke, whose family has owned about 280,000 acres of Scotland since the 1400s, said his forefathers had always believed that they were only custodians of the air and that although his gillie had been forced to shoot a number of trespassers recently who had been trying to get a free gulp, he was happy that a commercial solution had been found.

A Trust spokesperson said that the price structure may work along the same lines as the London Congestion zone, with walkers enter and breathe the duke’s air paying in advance or on exit. Family discounts may be available but unfortunately, to ensure a continuation of supply, there may be a surcharge for asthmatics.

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Posted: Jun 6th, 2019 by

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