Shaun Spiers has been the chief executive of the Campaign to Protect Rural England since 2004. From 1994 to 1999, he was an MEP for the South East, serving on the European Parliament’s Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee. He is also a trustee of Sustain, the alliance for food and farming. In his CPRE blog, Shaun shares his views on combining sustainability with a thriving, vital countryside. In this post, he reflects on modern perceptions of rurality and the statistics of land use compared with the subjective experiences of country-dwellers.
Land use statistics are abstract. What matters is people’s experience of the countryside. If a couple of small fields are developed, that will not make a dent in the statistics, but it matters hugely to people for whom those few fields are the countryside as they experience it every day.
© New Moons For Old 2016