What is the impact of the destruction of the English countryside by modern agriculture?
Hedges have been filled in, downlands destroyed, marshes drained and ancient monuments destroyed to create more land for crops no one needed.
Farmers got paid to do this through the EU CAP policy; we were charged £10 million a year for this.
We have lost 95% of wildflower meadows, 50% of our chalk grasslands, 94% of lowland bogs, and 50% of wetlands and 186,000 miles of hedgerows.
The wildlife then disappears due to loss of habitat.
Sparrowhawks, owls, otters have all gone.
Governments tell us this is progress. What about quality of life? Now we have overcrowded roads, noise, air, light pollution. You can’t get to see a local Doctor.
The animals have declined due to chemicals being sprayed on the crops and fertiliser used for bigger yields. You can’t hear a Nightingale sing, or see hares and butterflies in the fields.