South East England is (along with London) one of the most affluent areas of England (not for everyone, of course). It’s home to many of England’s top seaside resorts, probably because it gets more sun than anywhere else. It’s home also to many ‘Home Counties’ where many commuters live who work in London. These counties are filled with small pretty villages and village ponds: think Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Surrey (which is the most wooded area in England: councillors protect these green belts).
However, things are not so good in Buckinghamshire, as the proposed HS2 High Speed Rail Network will destroy huge swathes of this beautiful county, and ruin the lives and homes of countless people, not to mention the wildlife. Of course, if we did not support globalisation and consumerism, people would be happy avoiding the rush to get somewhere else, and travel slowly.
Kent is a large county, where orchards and hop houses thrive. Locally-grown apples and beer are not so popular these days, so buying local organic juice is a great way to support your remaining apple trees. Fancy a day out? Take a short hop across the channel on the ferry to France, and watch the white cliffs of Dover fade into the distance, as you travel 20 miles across the sea. Inland, you can find the spa town of Tunbridge and the pretty town of Sevenoaks. To the sea, Whitstable is the least-cloned town in England.
Oxfordshire is sort of in the southeast, though others place it in the Midlands. Home to a top university, it still has controversy with scientists there wanting to stop animals used for medical research (VERO is a bunch of scientists campaigning for humane alternatives). And despite its beauty, it’s more of a grid-locked traffic jam than the spires and streets seen in the wonderful TV series Inspector Morse.