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1 April 2009
MODERN BRITONS SAY
THE BRITISH COUNTRYSIDE IS A TURN OFF
THE British countryside is
world renowned for its stunning, scenic natural beauty. It is often described as
the ‘Jewels of England’ and for
millions of International tourists, rural
Britain is a sight to behold. However this view
is not shared by modern Britons. A new leisure report out this week has
revealed over half of the nation thinks visiting the British
countryside is boring as there is nothing to do or see there.
Travelodge polled 3,000 Britons to find out their views about visiting the
British countryside and test their knowledge on the Countryside Code. Findings
revealed despite recession proof Brits searching far and wide for low cost
deals, 53% of adults are disregarding the
UK’s greatest free attraction – the
countryside. Reasons given included:- ‘being a bore’ and not
having the fun factor.
The report found five million adults would rather stay indoors and play with
their Wii than take an exhilarating trip outdoors. Also its not just adults who
feel the countryside is dreary as the survey stated a fifth of British children
find nature’s playground unexciting too.
For a third of the nation, the idea of taking a trip to the British countryside
has not even crossed their mind.
John Tribe, Professor of Tourism from
of Surrey commented on the
findings:- "It is alarming news that over half of the nation thinks the British
countryside is boring and there is nothing to do or see there. Maybe this
is because in the last decade Britons have preferred to holiday abroad and as a
result; they have forgotten the
UK is abundant with great rural holiday
Now is the time to get back to basics and appreciate the best things in life are
Britain is full of free things to do and see;
it’s just a matter of using your imagination. With the recession hitting home
and the weak pound, 2009 is the perfect year to rediscover destination
Travelodge Managing Director, said:- “Our research highlights just how vital it
is for the Government to invest in domestic tourism. It’s obvious Britons
have forgotten what great free rural attractions are available on their doorstep
and we need to address this problem quickly. To help Brits rediscover the great
free rural attractions Great Britain
has to offer, Travelodge is offering over half a million, £19 and £29 rooms in
rural locations across the UK. In addition we have created a free online guide to help Britons rediscover rural
the free way.”
To book a £19 or £29 Travelodge Saver
room or to download the ‘See Rural Britain The Free Way Guide’ visit:-
The guide can be
found in the ‘News & Offers’ section and includes highlights:-
UK’s seven national gems that are a must see
►Where the Areas of
National Beauty (AONB) are located across the
►Where you can find
Britain’s National Parks
►Details on Long
Distance Footpaths for walking breaks
►Details on The
List of games that can
be played outdoors
Sandie Dawe, Deputy CEO of
VisitBritain, said:- "Britain's
countryside is far from boring and we have some of the most famous
landscapes from the picturesque Cotswolds to the spectacular views of the
Lake District that draw visitors from around the world. With more
Britons considering a holiday at home this year, it's a great time to get back
to nature and get reacquainted with rural Britain. The last decade has seen a rise in competition and it is important to
remind Brits on what they are missing out on and what a great free attraction
the countryside is.”
The study also tested the respondents’
knowledge of the Countryside Code and findings revealed only 17% of adults
admitted they knew the British Countryside Code. Over a third of the nation
(37%) did not know that a Countryside Code even exists. Twenty four cent of
respondents thought they had the right to pick wild flowers in the countryside
(When they don’t). One in ten adults thought it was safe to eat all berries and
fungus they found growing in the countryside.
When asked what right, a Farmer has if
he thinks its livestock is being injured or being worried by a pet dog - 60% of
respondents said the Farmer could report the owner to the police. Only 25% got
the correct answer – the Farmer could destroy the dog.
Surprisingly 68% of respondents would
not even bother reading up on the Countryside Code before visiting a
Travelodge also challenged the
respondents to identify common flowers / trees and animals that can be found in
the British countryside and some of the key findings are revealed below:-
Thirty two per cent of Brits had
difficulty identifying a Pheasant
per cent of adults thought a Stag was a Reindeer
Forty two per cent of Brits could not
identify an Otter
fifth of adults could not identify a Weasel
three per cent of adults could not identify the common Bluebell flower
four per cent of respondents could not identify the popular Oak tree
Seventy four cent of Brits could not
identify a Horse Chestnut tree
Seventy one per cent of respondents
could not identify a Pine tree
Policing Plan 2009 - 12
THE Policing Plan for 2009-12 agreed at a recent Police
Authority meeting has been published on the Merseyside Police
Jointly owned by the Police Authority and Merseyside Police, the
Plan clearly maps out Merseyside’s policing priorities for the
period 2009-12. It explains how these priorities were arrived
at, and details how they will be successfully implemented.
The Plan highlights how community consultation played a key role and
describes how, along with national priorities, it forms the policing
future for Merseyside.
Chair of MPA, Bill Weightman said:- “Community consultation is
an integral part of what we do as an Authority. This Plan
could not have been achieved without involving local people and
working closely with community representatives. We are
confident we can rise to the challenges laid out in the Plan and
determined not to let the people of Merseyside down.”
Everyone can have a say on the Plan as it is now available online
with a feedback form attached.
In addition, every household in Merseyside will receive a Policing
Plan Summary later in the year with a freepost feedback form
The publication is also available in several languages and formats,
details of which can be found on the
BODY FOUND - OTTERSPOOL,
MERSEYSIDE Police are appealing for help in contacting the
next of kin of a man whose body was found in Otterspool on Saturday,
28 March 2009.
At around 8am a member of the public found a body, believed to be
that of a man in his late 30s or early 40s, in woodland close to the
local authority recycling centre.
Police are not treating the death as suspicious but are keen to
identify the victim so that they can contact his family.
The man is described as white, around 6ft tall, of broad build, with
cropped light brown hair and a short beard.
He was wearing smart clothing, including a grey fleece jacket, and
had two distinctive tattoos on his body: one of angels wings on the
back of his neck and another of oriental-style writing on his left
Officers are appealing for anyone who is concerned for the
whereabouts of a friend or relative who matches this description, or
has any other information, to contact them at Admiral Street police
station on 0151 777 5376 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800
Remember motorists -
take a break this Easter!
ARE you planning on taking a trip this Easter holiday?
If you will be driving to reach your destination, remember to take
regular breaks during your journey.
The helpful reminder has come from the Driving Standards Agency -
the Government Agency responsible for improving driving standards
and road safety in Great Britain - whose mission is 'Safe
Driving for Life'.
DSA recommends that to stay alert whilst driving, drivers should
take a break of around 15 minutes every two hours at somewhere
suitable such as a service area.
Latest Government statistics show that during Easter 2007 (6 April
to 9 April 2009) a total of 346 people were killed or seriously
injured on Britain's roads.
DSA Chief Executive, Rosemary Thew, said:- "We all hope to be
able to enjoy the Easter holiday period, but if you're on the roads
and planning a long drive, please don't forget to take regular
Driver fatigue is a real problem, with research suggesting that it
accounts for around 15% to 20% of accidents on repetitive roads such
By taking on board our advice during your trip you can arrive at
your destination feeling fresher and make a positive contribution to
SOUTHPORT MEP BACKS
DEMANDS FOR MOBILE CHARGER SANITY
FED up with all those wires and plugs around the house from
old mobile phones? Help may be on its way from Brussels.
The MEP Chris Davies, whose area covers Merseyside, is calling for
the EU to cut costs and get rid of waste by introducing common
standards for phone chargers and electrical appliances.
Now the European Commissioner for Enterprise, Gunther Verheugen, has
told manufacturers that they have till the end of the month to reach
a voluntary agreement to improve practices, or an EU law will be
introduced to force them to do so.
Mobile phones, digital cameras, mp3 players and laptops would all be
able to use the same type of charger under the EU plan.
Davies, the Liberal Democrat environment spokesman in the European
Parliament, said that:- "Having just one type of connection
would be of real benefit to millions of people.
I'm always losing phone chargers and cursing the fact that
none of the other ones I have will fit.
Europe is the world's biggest market for mobile phones. We
have the power to knock heads together, put a stop to wasteful
competition, and set standards that will benefit people everywhere."
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