Good question here:

Will Cockbain, the National Farmers Union uplands spokesman, said the dry stone walls and grazed landscapes loved by many was dependent on farmers.

He said the alternative could be coniferous forests and wind turbines. But he said it was unlikely market forces would sustain hill farming.

"Society has to ask itself do we want the uplands to look like they do now?" he asked. "If the answer is yes then the system that manages them now needs to survive."

Indeed, not only a good question but the vital one. Do we want the uplands to remain as they are? And are we prepared to pay for it?

And what if the answer is no?

3 thoughts on “Hill farming”

  1. I love how these types like to talk about things being sustainable, yet they always want a government handout to make it so.

    Hill farming hasn’t been sustainable in decades. A report from Exeter University into Hill farms found that for around £20,000 of labour, £9,200 of Farm Business Income was produced and that 44% of their income came from public funding.

    And wouldn’t letting it become wild woodlands be something that would make Gaia happy?

  2. I think Wainright started it, complaining that the new pine forest plantations were a blot on the landscape.

  3. Dartmoor is being overgrown by gorse because of the the National Park Authority (quango) managing to cut the amount of animals geing grazed there.
    The Uplands that are in National Parks have never been as they are – committee managed failures who can try to gain credibility by frightening the visitors with stories of evil forests and giant windmills.
    Sack them, and then put them to work dry stone walling for 10 years. That’ll teach’em to claim they know anything about the countryside.

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