A TRICKLING stream, a deserted country track or an empty meadow can make the hustle and bustle of life fade away and everything seem tranquil. But according to the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), the tranquillity of England is under siege by roa
A TRICKLING stream, a deserted country track or an empty meadow can make the hustle and bustle of life fade away and everything seem tranquil.
But according to the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), the tranquillity of England is under siege by roads and housing developments which threaten the environment.
And to highlight the threat, the CPRE has created a chart rundown of the most restful areas in the land - with Cambridgeshire coming 15th out of 87 areas.
Drawing on all of the most important things which the countryside has to offer the people who live there and visit, the CPRE has devised a way of measuring and mapping tranquillity.
The report, which took two years to complete, measured the tranquillity level across the country using 44 factors including noise and light levels.
While Cambridgeshire finished in a respectable position, Northumberland was rated the most tranquil region while Slough and Greater London propped up the table.
Gareth Ridewood, chairman of Huntingdonshire CPRE, told The Hunts Post: "The report shows that the district has some particularly tranquil areas, notably woodland in the Gransden area and in the north of the region towards the Fens.
"What we have to do is ensure that all future developments take into account the need to maintain a tranquil environment."
This is something which has already been noted in the area. Huntingdonshire District Council's core strategy, published in April this year, states that the council aims to "maintain, enhance and conserve Huntingdonshire's characteristic landscapes, habitats and species."
But The Hunts Post is now challenging readers to reveal their most tranquil places.
The Huntingdonshire residents we spoke to this week believe it is possible to find that special tranquil spot.
Alan Goy, 59, of Varrier Jones Drive, Papworth, said: "I used to live in Ellington but moved to Papworth because the traffic noise was so bad. It's still possible to find some peace and quiet if you head off the beaten track. Waresley Woods are a particular favourite of mine."
Huntingdonshire CPRE insist it is essential that the people of the district help maintain its character and tranquillity.
Mr Ridewood said: "People need to keep an eye on planning applications in The Hunts Post and if they have objections, make their feelings known.
"Meanwhile, people should go out and enjoy what Huntingdonshire has to offer. We have some fantastic scenery on our doorstep and if we all appreciate it, we will work harder to maintain it."
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