A Countryside for All : The Future of Rural Britain, Paperback Book

A Countryside for All : The Future of Rural Britain Paperback

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The rural fuse has been lit. The countryside is tinder-dry. Post offices and banks, shops and schools are closing.

Farmers are going out of business. Houses are becoming unaffordable as prices soar ad poverty grows.

Pollution and over-exploitation are destroying landscapes.

Many rural communities are on the verge of collapse.

Some fear the foot- and - mouth crisis will prove to be the last straw.

This book offers disturbing evidence of the background to the crisis. "A Countryside For All" is a rallying cry for action, pointing ways towards a prescription for the future.

This volume tackles many of the issues in a variety of new and original ways.

Possibly the most controversial and radical call is for the creation of a Department for the Countryside, with a Secretary of State for the Countryside - who would be responsible for setting a coherent set of policies to reverse the decline of rural Britain.

This timely book outlines the main problems facing the countryside, and starts to bring together a balanced range of proposals. Thought-provoking, filled with common sense, often controversial but always fascinating, it points the way forward for the countryside, and for town and country as a whole.

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