Koreans seek green belt tips
The group made the 5,500 mile (9,000 km) trip after stumbling on the North Mymms District Green Belt Society (NMDGBS) website while looking for help in how to best manage green belt land.
They were so impressed by what they saw that they contacted the NMDGBS honorary secretary, Bob Horrocks, who helped host the visit.
The seven South Koreans from the Gyonggi Province outside the capital Seoul, were led by Mrs Way Lee, senior researcher at the Department of Urban and Land Use Planning at the Gyonggi Research Institute.
According to Bob Horrocks, the South Korean capital is similar to London in that it is a magnet for people, with housing at a premium.
“About 20 million people live in the greater Seoul area, that’s almost half the population of South Korea. The green belts around the capital and half a dozen large towns in the area are under similar pressure to the 14 green belts in England,” he said.
Among the places the party visited were:
The party was entertained for lunch by the chair of the NMDGBS, Mrs Claire Taylor, and her husband, Jeremy, at their home in North Mymms Park, which is also in the green belt.
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May 7, 2007