English Pastoral: An Inheritance by James Rebanks



A passionate, angry, informed and grounded call for better farming practices, and better understanding and expectations of farming and conservation by the public.  All set within a personal memoir of three generations of farming – how his grandfather’s good practises were undone in the next generation in the chase for intensification, and his vision of turning things around.

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As a boy, James Rebanks’s grandfather taught him to work the land the old way. Their family farm in the Lake District hills was part of an ancient agricultural landscape: a patchwork of crops and meadows, of pastures grazed with livestock, and hedgerows teeming with wildlife. And yet, by the time James inherited the farm, it was barely recognisable. The men and women had vanished from the fields; the old stone barns had crumbled; the skies had emptied of birds and their wind-blown song. ‘English Pastoral’ is the story of an inheritance: one that affects us all. It tells of how rural landscapes around the world were brought close to collapse, and the age-old rhythms of work, weather, community and wild things were lost.

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