National Geographic : 1940 Aug
© National Geographic Society Finlay by Amos Burg The Throb of Diesel Engines Disturbs the Quiet of Green Hertfordshire Farms, Not Far from London Northward to Birmingham a pair of heavily laden canalboats winds through mirrorlike waters. The appearance of extensive woodlands isanillusion. Ever since England cut down many magnificent oaks to build the "wooden walls" of its Elizabethan navy, the country has been oneoftheleast forested inEurope. Heavy rain fall means lush meadows, abundant vegetable gardens, and thatch covering for haystacks (foreground).