Pride of place

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

I’VE just made the jour­ney to Gatwick on one of our reg­u­lar trips to Menorca—as usual, the sight of lit­ter on the verges was a de­press­ing one (Agromenes, April 19 and Let­ters, May 3). As soon as one drives away from the air­port in Mahón, the dif­fer­ence is ap­par­ent. The verges are de­void of lit­ter and care­fully tended. At this time of year, the roads are flanked by wild­flow­ers as far as the eye can see. I’m sure much time and money are spent on main­tain­ing its ap­pear­ance, but the bot­tom line is that the Menor­cans have some­thing that we have lost— a sense of pride of place.

I am sure that ed­u­ca­tion is the an­swer. Teach­ing should start at the ear­li­est op­por­tu­nity, when chil­dren are at their most im­pres­sion­able—wouldn’t it be great if Na­ture Stud­ies were part of the stan­dard cur­ricu­lum? It’s a sub­ject that isn’t just rel­e­vant to coun­try dwellers. Diana Wright, Suf­folk

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