Tuesday, July 10, 2007

The 0.0174069% of Earth we call home is glorious.

I think this is a good thing – even though it’s an American at the wheel!

Bill Bryson, takes over today as president of the Campaign to Protect Rural England. I have extracted from part of his acceptance speech the bit I find most poignant:

“To me, the mathematics of the British landscape are wonderfully simple and compelling. Britain has about 60 million acres of land and about 60 million people. That's one acre for each of us. Every time you give up 10 acres of greenfield site to build a superstore, in effect 10 people lose their acres. To enjoy the countryside they must go and use other people's acres. By developing countryside you force more and more people to share less and less space. Trying to limit the growth of development in the countryside isn't nimbyism, it's common sense.”

He has three main aims in office: stamp out fly-tipping, bury all overhead power cables, and plant more trees.

It will be interesting to monitor how he gets on.



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