The Best of English Views

August 14, 2017 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | General | Comment |
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Focus Clinics have collaborated with photographers from all over England to create The Best of English Views directly through the eyes of its residents. From Yorkshire to Essex, and Norfolk to Cornwall, they From Yorkshire to Essex, and Norfolk to Cornwall, we asked each of the photographers to contribute an image of the landscape from their county that they feel captures it in its best light. The Great British countryside dominates the photographic contribution - 24 of the photographs feature the woodlands, countryside or rivers of that are scattered throughout England. Other iconic scenery captured within the piece has another focus; England’s historic coastline. But the shocking thing is, that the majority of Brits cannot see these views without glasses or contact lenses. Over two million people in the UK are currently living with sight loss. With The Best of English Views, Focus Clinics want to raise awareness of eye health in the UK and to encourage the population to regularly undergo thorough eye teststo catch prevalent sight-stealing conditions, such as cataracts and glaucoma before it’s too late.

Press Release

Focus Clinics: The Best of English Views

From the ancient magic of Stonehenge to the spellbinding landscape of the Lake District, here in England we are lucky to have a number of must-see views sitting right on our doorstep

Focus Clinics showcase the best views that England has to offer through the very eyes of the people that live here. In collaboration with UK photographers, a landscape from every corner of England has been put forward to represent each county in its best light.

The Great British countryside dominates the photographic contributions, emphasising just how proud us Brits are of our lush green surroundings. There are 15 National Parks in the UK that stretch all across our nation from the Yorkshire Dales in the North, to The New Forest along the South Coast. These places of unspoilt beauty were designated to protect wildlife and conserve them from as early as the 19th century.

Other iconic scenery captured within the piece has another focus; England’s historic coastline. There are numerous awards in place to encourage the protection of Britain’s beaches. The ‘Blue Flag Award’ and the ‘Seaside Award’ are awarded by Keep Britain Tidy who use a set of strict criteria which includes water quality, environmental management and safety to determine the winners. See the full list of winners here.

There are countless beaches throughout the whole of the UK and 7,723 miles of coastline surrounding it. Weymouth Beach, Dorset was awarded the top spot for the best beach in the UK by TripAdvisor’s Traveller’s Choice Awards 2017, other beaches in the top 10 list include Woolacombe Beach in Devon, Rhossili Bay in Glamorgan and Fistral Beach, Cornwall.

It comes as no surprise that four in five Brits prefer holidaying at home to jetting off abroad. From Northumberland to Cornwall, these are the best views in Britain today.

But the shocking thing is, that the majority of Brits cannot see these views without glasses or contact lenses.  Over two million people in the UK are currently living with sight loss. That's around one person in every 30. By 2050, this figure is expected to reach a staggering four million as the average life expectancy of the population will gradually rise and we live for longer; which is when our sight is most likely to deteriorate.

Saddeningly, 50% of sight loss can be avoided and is easily treatable. The two million people who do not experience the strikingly beautiful British landscape to its full potential, as a result of their visual impairment, may be able to. Focus Clinics want to raise awareness of eye health in the UK and to encourage the population to regularly undergo thorough eye tests (at least every 2 years) to catch prevalent sight-stealing conditions, such as cataracts and glaucoma before it’s too late.

For more information on restoring eyesight visit Focus Clinics, and view the interactive ‘Best of English Views’ piece in full here.



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