Lifestyle and leisure
Visiting the countryside
By 2026, a combination of climate change and increased transport costs will mean that more people visit Green Belt land.
There will be a substantial growth in rural holiday accommodation in villages and on farms where people come to walk, cycle, ride and angle.
People will also become much more environmentally aware, thanks mainly to the obvious and mounting damage being done across the globe by climate change.
They are more health conscious too and the growth in obesity has ended. England’s countryside has blossomed into its Natural Health Service.
Valuing the countryside
All these changes amount to a huge increase in engagement with the countryside, extending far beyond the middle classes and the well to do, embracing those on lower incomes and from ethnic minorities.
People feel a greater sense of ownership of the countryside, are willing to support its conservation as taxpayers and, for many, as volunteers. They see England’s countryside as part of their citizenship, rather than one more item of consumption.
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