Londoner who moved to country said feels 'trapped' in village but says she 'won't go back'

When the pandemic began last year, many Britons who lived in cities, decided to move to more rural locations.The trend continued into this year, with an estimated 700,000 people leaving London at the beginning of 2021, according to a study by the Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence.

A report from PriceWaterhouseCoopers unveiled that the number of Londoners leaving the capital would decline its population for the first time this century.

With so many people working from home and wanting more space, is moving to the countryside the answer?

When the pandemic hit last year, Nicola Slawson, 37, was paying £800 a month to live in a studio annex with a shared bathroom.

Located in Muswell Hill, north London, Nicola decided to return to her parents’ Shropshire village during lockdown.

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However, living in the countryside, Nicola said “it’s pitch black at 6pm”.

Despite feeling unsure about the change, the 37-year-old wouldn’t go back to living in London.

She said: “I wouldn’t go back. I didn’t realise how much things in London were stressing me out – the commuting, the tube, the living situation.

“I feel like a weight’s been lifted now.

She said: “I met a farmer who said I could have a go on his tractor.”

Many Britons have opted to move in the last year, with some wanting larger properties, including an office space.

Others were looking for more outside space, which the countryside has to offer.

Despite many fleeing the capital, the property market in London now appears to be active again, with prices on the rise.

Local rent fees are also thought to be rising steeply.

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