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Our countryside next door: your experiences

Walkers pass field of cows

We asked people to share their experiences of the Green Belt or their countryside next door with us. From urban and rural dwellers, to those who are struggling to access their countryside next door, you can read their first-hand accounts here.

Along with other protected landscapes, England’s Green Belts are the countryside next door for millions of people.

In addition to providing vital access to nature for those living in cities and towns, the very landscape of the Green Belt is woven through our cultural history.

By enhancing our countryside next door, we can fully unlock its potential. It can be our most powerful nature-based solution in mitigating climate change and restoring wildlife, and with clear, accessible agri-environment schemes we can protect food security and help nature at the same time.