Pride of place
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