This week, Edward James, 51, a British Buddhist won planning permission to
meditate in woodland that he recently bought. Edward had to obtain the consent
of Rochford district council to meditate cross-legged in trees by the Crouch
estuary in Essex because he was deemed to be changing the area's use from
woodland to "meditation woodland."
Mr. James, a retired theatre worker said he was delighted by the decision
but still found the process "ridiculous."