I can just about stomach 'land improvement' as a term to describe drainage of waterlogged areas, since, from the farmers' point of view, the land is better for growing crops, which is the purpose of agricultural areas. The euphemistic term 'river improvement', however, describing the often irreparable destruction of a scenically beautiful and wildlife-rich river and its conversion into a 'flowing canal', invariably makes my blood boil. Wha t is so terrifying is that the men carrying out the work with dredgers and earthmovers are often just as upset at what they have to do as I am at seeing them do it. It is some faceless man sitting miles away in some office block who has decreed that 'river improvement' must be carried out. 

Issue 10
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Sharock, J. T. R
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