I have read a book published in 1930, advocating roadside planting of trees and suggesting suitable species, published by Country Life for the "Roads Beautifying Association".
It contains the following statement:- "It must be confessed that the English population is lacking in the primary instincts necessary for the creation and maintenance of agreeable surroundings to a greater extent than any other nation in Western civilisation".
Has anything changed in 84 years?
Foot Note: (posted by Bruce)
Andy C has added this in comments. Thanks Andy - very encouraging!
Look at Andy's LINK