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In a bid to encourage city-dwellers to leave behind the restrictions of war, The Green Girdle escapes from the austere urban landscape of inner-city London and savours the natural delights of the capitals rural surroundings.
London's open spaces
'London is surrounded on all sides by open spaces - common lands, in the shape of parks, hills, and forests which can never be built upon. This belt of green around the Metropolis is at every point within reach of the city's centre by omnibus. From its busy streets and workplaces the Londoners go out into the lovely woods, the great expanse of furze and scrub, the sloping green terraces and the sweeping hillsides in pursuit of health and recreation. Some walk, some ride, some picnic, others study at first hand the wild life of birds, beasts and plants.'
(Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1941)
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