Our colourful countryside

There was a time when you never saw bright colours in the countryside.

Everyone wore muted natural colours which blended in and actually acted as camouflage in many circumstances. Clothing was made of natural fibres, and the mud and muck didn’t show.

But nowadays, your eyes are assaulted by a rainbow of colours in every direction.

At first, it was only the emergency services who wore fluorescent colours, and you knew to clear the way so that they could get through to the emergency.

Now, you see bright colours in every direction – whether it be waterproof or exercise clothing for runners, walkers, riders and cyclists, plus of course accompanying animals in protection coats.

And it is all the more necessary today. With the increase in traffic travelling on our rural roads, you need to be seen. Those who run, walk and cycle in dark clothing don’t realise how difficult they are to spot and how vulnerable they are.

And, heaven forbid that the air ambulance needs to find them, because it would be very difficult (unless, of course, they use that amazing app, What3Words).

Remember to be seen, and stay safe!

Sarah Norton is a retired rural dweller living near Shrewsbury

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