I have spent countless evenings in front of the fire in the pleasurable activity
of perusing the Ordnance Survey's Landranger maps-
And yet, after some time, their incredible density of detail can become a little overwhelming and even tiring. Therefore it is comforting to know that amongst this overload of information, there are occasional areas of calm and reflection: Britain's Boring Grid Squares.
But unfortunately, like so much that enriches and nourishes, these squares are in danger. Developments on the land, relabeling by the Ordnance Survey and countless other pressures are reducing their number at an alarming rate. In fact, it is shocking to learn that by 2050, in the opinion of experts, the only Boring Grid Squares will be those gathering dust on antiquarian maps.
The RSPBGS is actively campaigning for Boring Grid Squares. Members are working hard
both on the ground, and with landowners and the Ordnance Survey to preserve, or even
create, squares free of the clutter of symbols, contours or text. There is some way
to go before numbers are restored to their historic post-
I think that, in this increasingly crowded and confusing world, it is of the utmost
importance to create oases of calm and tranquillity for peace of mind and inner reflection-