Skip to content

Not so benign?

July 26, 2015

CampaignerKate

Last week I went to a reception at the House of Lords to celebrate England’s national parks. It was held in the Attlee Room, under the shrewdly benign gaze of Clem Attlee whose portrait hung on the wall.  Since he was prime minister at the time of the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949, this seemed entirely appropriate.

Clem Attlee Clem Attlee

I recalled an event organised by the Outdoor Industries’ Association in 2012 in the Strangers’ dining room.  There hangs a fine painting of Chequers by Marcus May, who was commissioned to paint official residences.  That too was relevant for the event, for it features Beacon Hill behind Chequers where, with some difficulty, we won the freedom to roam under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.

Chequers by Marcus May, with Beacon Hill behind Chequers by Marcus May, with Beacon Hill behind

Last week’s reception, called Love your national parks, was organised by National Parks England…

View original post 155 more words

Advertisements
No comments yet

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: