lockdown walkI’ve just had the most amazing riverside lockdown walk. Since we’ve been  cut off from the rest of ‘civilisation’, I, like many others have chosen the river paths as a great place to exercise. The scenery, the river itself, the wildlife, all the usual things always make this lockdown walk, special.


But hey, today’s lockdown walk was something different.

The air…

You know the stuff you breath in, was absolutely amazing. Obviously, with the lack of Stratford upon Avon’s massive traffic problem, something was bound to change but this was incredible. The air was sweet. That’s the only way I can describe it. Sweet.

Actually, everything about today’s lockdown walk was different.

It was as though the freshness, the abundance of good clear air (for a change) had somehow regenerative powers. I reckon, (and this is without the use of any banned substances) on this particular lockdown walk, I could feel the trees working. Doing what they do, you know, filtering. Even the ducks, geese and swans looked happier.

That’s when it hit me.

It is so important that when this is all over, we reassess.  That we take note. That we, if I can say this, note ‘the good side’ of Covid 19. The way that this vile virus has caused us to live over the past few weeks has without doubt has shown us if nothing else, our potential. It has shown us that if we put our minds to it, we can change. We can live cleaner, better lives.

In the case of our always highly-polluted Stratford upon Avon, it should be upon us, the residents, to notify those that we have voted into power, that our town needs to be cleaned up. That we are not prepared to go on living in such a highly polluted and dangerous environment.

In short.

We don’t want to go back to a grid-locked Stratford upon Avon.

We have remembered what it is like to breath fresh air and we like it.


the stratfordian


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