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Britain’s Elusive Eco-Town Dream

Where the Past Meets the Carbon-Neutral Future

Once the train gets beyond the outskirts of London, the English countryside comes into view, a panorama of low rolling meadows, slow-winding streams, and tidy hedgerowed fields spreading beneath dark barreling rain clouds. Cows and sheep graze sodden pastures. Summer wheat lies baled and stacked. Church spires on the horizon identify distant villages. The soils of this wheat belt produced crops that fed not only generations of British royalty but also the soldiers of the Roman Empire. Like any ancient monument, this land commands respect and zealous protection.

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