18 MAY 1929, Page 15

Country Life


Quite unusual success has attended the travelling exhibit sent round the country by the Council for the Preservation of Rural England. Last week great numbers of people visited it at Cheltenham, where it was very well staged and advertised. The photographs of the beauties are at least as successful as "the Chamber of Horrors." Among the most charming are two pictures, not of English but of French scenery. They depict the moral that Nature is kinder than man. One photographer shows Kenunel Hill (where ten years ago I saw the top almost blown off by German guns) as it was just after that bombardment and as it is to-day. A singularly perfect rural scene, to which the plough on the

sky-line has restored high fertility, has succeeded the utter desolation. In too many English scenes the petrol pump and the shack and the hoarding have desolated natural charm hardly less grossly than the 5.9 howitzers. It may be pointed out, however, that the restoration of the charms of Keramel has been due principally not to Nature but to the hard work of the Flemish peasant.