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The Lesson of Swaffham Down

W.R. Mead, 5 March 1981

The Theft of the Countryside 
by Marion Shoard.
Temple Smith, 269 pp., £9, October 1980, 0 85117 200 8
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Britain’s Wasting Acres 
by Graham Moss.
Architectural Press, 230 pp., £13.50, February 1981, 0 85139 078 1
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... it behoves us to keep an eye on how this scarce resource is used or misused. The emphasis in Marion Shoard’s book is on the increasing divergence between farming practice and conservation – conservation of the landscape itself as well as of its natural constituents. She prosecutes with vigour the thesis that the farmer has become increasingly ...

How to Grow a Weetabix

James Meek: Farms and Farmers, 16 June 2016

... Farmers burned conservationists in effigy. In her 1980 polemic, The Theft of the Countryside, Marion Shoard unsparingly articulated the alienation, as she saw it, between farmers and the people as a whole: she called them ‘executioners’ carrying out a death sentence on the English landscape, turning it into ‘a vast, featureless expanse of ...

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