The Greenbelt

Many cities in the UK are surrounded by acres of protected land that form Greenbelts. They are what makes my house feel almost like it’s in the countryside, although it’s actually only 15 miles as the crow flies from the bustle of Trafalgar Square.

Greenbelts are the result of policies created in the 1930s to help combat urban sprawl. I believe in them strongly. They make rural experiences so much more accessible to urban dwellers. They help protect countryside that might otherwise go under tarmac, and that in a lot of ways is quintessentially English.

This is the first map I’ve seen that shows how green and belt-like the Greenbelts are.


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2 thoughts on “The Greenbelt”

  1. I strngly believe in grennbelts too.Essentially we work so hard to get a decent life, what’s the point of trapping ourselves in blocks of concrete. I do appreciate the convenience of driving an hour or two to see huge piece of green than to spend hours on flight to unexploited jungle somewhere in another country. We need our own backyard, not to ‘travel’ in someone’s backyard. Furthermore, we need a bit of green to tackle air and noise pollution.

  2. Having a green belt is definitely a sign that the place is advanced enough to take into consideration human beings’ living conditions. We need to limit the size of human population, not the size of the woods.

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