Aggressive farming destroys landscape

We’ve walked over from Lewes to Glynde for many, many years enjoying the spectacular landscape and rewarded by a pint of Harvey’s in the Trevor Arms.

The most enjoyable part of the journey was always the descent into Glynde Village down the east face of Mount Caburn, but this year the experience has been destroyed by aggressive farming on the route down to the tea room and the destruction of the hollow path leading to Glynde Church.

This pathway, last year, was absolutely filled with wild flowers and clouds of butterflies, we even spotted a bee orchid, but now it resembles a war zone with all the wild flowers destroyed.

Treacherous bramble roots will trip you up if you haven’t already sprained an ankle in a rabbit hole or got stung to death by nettles.

The attempt to clear the old hollow path seems to be half hearted and totally unresolved. It should have just been left alone for natural wildlife. To the side where the old path once lay and wildlife was abundant, over grazing has destroyed the natural habitat. We walked off the hazardous path for a safer route into the village and were accosted by the farmer, which was not a particularly welcoming experience.

I can only imagine that grant-thirsty farming is responsible for this detrimental change in character and what a shame, surely English Nature shouldn’t allow this kind of insensitive farming in such a special part of the South Downs.

English Nature should either be enforced to take charge of supervising such a landscape or indeed, if they are in some way involved, should be scrutinised themselves for their actions. Surely grants must be to blame as well as aggressive farming methods.

Think we’ll be walking off to the Juggs Inn in Kingston from here onwards.

Nigel and Heather

Lewes