Most of the British live in towns and cities.
They have an idealized vision of the countryside.
•no negative associations (e.g. poor facilities, lack of educational opportunities etc.) •peace, quiet, beauty, good health and no crime
•Ideally a village would consist of “thatched cottages” built around the “village green” (This is only a stereotypical picture.) •Represents stability
This love of the countryside is another aspect of British conservatism.
•Large areas of the country
•Almost no building is allowed
•Thousands of enthusiastic country walkers
•Maps of the routes of public footpaths
•Walkers stay at youth hostels
3.Youth Hostels Association
•A charity whose aim is to help to a greater knowledge, love and care of the countryside •Their hostels are cheap, self-consciously bare and simple •More than 300 hostels
•Most of them in the middle of nowhere
•One of the most popular hobbies
•Allotments : areas of land which are rented by local authorities to people without garden in small parcels •Growing plants and vegetables
5.The National Trust
•Officially recognized charity whose aim is to preserve as much of Britain’s countryside and as many its historical buildings as possible. •1.5 million members
•The largest conservation organization in the world
•The 3rd largest landowner in Britain (after the Crown and the Forestry Commission)
6.The love of animals as part of the British love of nature •Animal graveyards e.g. Rossendale Pet Cemetery in Lancashire •Decent burials
•Nearly half of the households: at least one domestic pet •Wildlife programmes are by far the most popular kind of TV documentary •“Birdtables” in gardens
•Special hospitals for injured wild animals (e.g. St Tiggywinkles) •Thousand of people: bird-watchers ( try to get a glimpse of some rare species)
7.RSPCA : The Royal Society for the...