Breaky Bottom vineyard needs our support

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We were concerned to see in your July 25 edition that a vineyard established for 40 years is under threat from an unofficial concern which is breeding pheasants so that lovers of firearms can kill them.

This has apparently been increasing over the last four years without any consultation with the owners of Breaky Bottom or the local authorities.

Viticulture has increased in the South of England over recent years, producing excellent wines which easily compete with France and other countries.

These vineyards support the local economies and, albeit to a small extent, reduce the import of wine.

We should support these flourishing businesses and resist those who would do damage to them, especially when the damage is coming from a non-essential activity which should be located in a place where it is less likely to cause similar problems.

Dr Peter Haydn-Smith

& Geraldine Pass

Lewes