Fiona Cairns, Director of Suffolk Preservation Society, likens Suffolk to ‘The Shire’ in Tolkien’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ in her Foreword for the SPS Autumn magazine ‘Suffolk View’,
She writes: “The industrialisation of The Shire was based on Tolkein’s childhood experience of the blighting of the Worcestershire countryside by the spread of heavy industry. In the Fellowship of the Ring the main protagonists have their homeland in The Shire: Frodo,Sam, Merry and Pippin all had to face great danger in their quest against grave threats to life as they knew it. I think many of the [Suffolk]communities that I have spoken to in recent months will identify with the plight of Frodo and his friends."
Illustration J.R.R._Tolkien_-_The_Hall_at_Bag-End_Residence_of_B._Baggins_Esquire_Colored_by_H.E._Riddett - courtesy of Open Culture
Energy bosses have been accused of "serious mismanagement" of two wind farm projects leading to unnecessary destruction of Suffolk's countryside.
Denmark plans to build artificial islands for windfarmsEnergy park of one or more islands would be able to supply up to 10 million households
As part of the EADT series about Suffolk's 'Energy Coast' they look at concerns over the impact energy developments are having on the region's beautiful landscapes on which its multimillion pound visitor economy depends.