Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Green and pleasant land

While working away for the week I took a quick opportunity run along the Grand Union Canal in Hertfordshire. A pleasant enough 5 miles along the chalky footpath with the constant soudtrack of the West Coast mainline thundering past every few minutes. This part of the country is threatened by the HS2 expansion and many feel it is worth protecting. As a Highland Scot it would be easy to get snotty about landscape quality, about its lack of wildness, the fact that it is heavily populated and a bit degraded already but tonight as dusk fell it looked and felt like England is supposed to - green and pleasant. Worth loving and protecting.
Still, you wonder if the same conversations took place when the navvies turned up to dig the Canal.....

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