The Quest For England – The Theft of Graffham Down

After the second World War the agriculture practises changed dramatically. The fear of not having enough food and being self-sufficient if we needed to caused great swathes of the countryside, including hedges, rough ground, meadows and woodland to be torn up and put under the plough. In the place of diverse herbage a monoculture of corn was planted.

I am on Graffham Down in West Sussex to explore one stretch of land on the top of the glorious South Downs that in 1980 lost the battle and was turned from a beautiful habitat of wild grasses, flowers, mammals, birds and reptiles to a monoculture of barley and devoid of all other life.

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