For a long time, we have been told that the British countryside is in crisis. And it’s true that the collapse of farming, the power of supermarkets, the decline in community life and rises in traffic and frantic housebuilding are all combining to put pressure on rural life.

But there is good news too. All over Britain, rural communities are coming together to ensure that they survive these problems – and many are determined to do so by going green.

Take the little Cornish village of Blisland. Half a century ago it was home to four shops. But in 1999, the last shop and the village post office ...


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