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Debate continues over grazing on Chorleywood Common

posted 7 May 2012, 09:51 by Unknown user
The local debate over whether grazing, and the temporary fencing that is required to manage and corral the livestock on Larks Meadow continues to be topic of interest for residents and commoners in Chorleywood. 

Our local debate has now been reported on BBC Radio 4 Farming Today on Saturday 5th May 2012 at 0630 and the interviews reporting the Chorleywood debate is 23 minutes into the program (the program will be available on BBC iPlayer for 7 days). 

The Farming Today program has been discussing a range of problems for commons throughout the week, and Charlotte Smith interviews Cllr Worrall from Chorleywood Parish Council and Kate Ashbrook, the General Secretary of the Open Spaces Society came to Chorleywood on Wednesday 2th May to put their views forward.

"Is there a future for common land? Sarah Swadling explores an ancient grazing tradition and asks if its decline is having a serious impact on landscape, farming and wildlife.

Centuries ago, common land accounted for half of Britain's landscape. Now these unfenced and open spaces accounts for only 5%. But why the decline and who are today's 'commoners'?

There are tens of thousands of people who have the right to graze common land but don't exercise that right, Farming Today visit the Chilterns, the Lake District, the Malvern Hills and the Isle of Skye in Scotland to hear the difficulties faced by old and young grazers alike."