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It’s worth recalling that exactly 10 years ago (at a “Question Time” event run by English Heritage) the then Chairman of the National Trust, Simon Jenkins, spoke in a way in which no-one at the present Stonehenge-landscape-damaging-Government-pleasing Trust dares to do:

One of the things I keep getting kicked under the table at the National Trust about is, heritage is countryside. Do not forget the countryside. Every time you do a poll or a survey of what the British people most treasure about being British, they refer to the British countryside.  The countryside I think is a very important part of the heritage and it is extremely difficult to save. They don’t make any of it any more, as Mark Twain said and once it’s gone, it’s gone forever. Saving buildings, we’ve got pretty good at in this country. It’s got to be a pretty marginal case to be a gonner, we are really quite good at saving historic buildings we’re dreadful at saving the coast line and the countryside and I would just like to flag that one up in any conversation about the heritage, it’s also our heritage, the countryside.”




January 2018

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