The previous months have made us revalue fields, moors and hills. Residing with open skies and inexperienced areas was a lockdown blessing and city-dwellers fled to them when allowed. However others dislike or concern the countryside, and lots of of these are from ethnic minorities. Half the white inhabitants go to the countryside and nationwide parks however solely 1 / 4 of black and Asian households do the identical. The Division for the Atmosphere printed a report final 12 months, upsetting claims “white rural setting” is unwelcoming to the 13 per cent of Britons who’re “of color”.
It met some exasperation — “No one’s stopping them!”, “Traditionally it’s white spherical right here, however we will’t assist it”, “So what if there aren’t many mosques within the Lake District?”.