At-a-glance: Country life
Quality of life

Part of the attraction of the countryside is its perceived cleaner, less hurried environment.

But as thousands more people add to an already ageing population, pressure on services and infrastructure mounts.

The Countryside Agency has created a quality indicator to measure such factors as tranquillity, which the government has pledged to protect.

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