CUSTODIANS OF THE COUNTRYSIDE
Huttonian was present at a conversation with a local farmer- a very pleasant man with good standing in the community. The nub of his remarks was that farmers could not get it right: Blamed for (a) mud on the roads (b) too many tractors on the road (C) agricultural sprays onto village gardens (d) wanting to build on their land etc etc. Can't win -damned if we do and damned if we dont
One might be tempted to say 'Guilty as charged'Hutton has been a sea of mud since Mr O started to lift his potatoes. Tractors can be a blooming nuisance especially when holding you up as you rush towards Sir Morrisons to buy one and get one free before they run out. Villagers have complained of chemical sprays coming their way as the wind changes and they have to dash inside in case it is Agent Orange and it might get into the Roses or blackcurrant bushes And of course building on green field sites is a major issue here and it is the farmers who own them. I have to confess a certain sympathy with (a) to (c) If you are getting your potatoes in a hurry it is difficult to do so without producing a habitat worthy of the Hippopotamus song* but you will get a clean road when the job is done-usually. Tractors have to go from Field A to Field B and they do drive slowly. Thank goodness for the safety of uncoming traffic, especially around that fearsome Fishwick corner-those lucky ones on their way back from Sir M's for example. AS for Agent Orange one has to assume that agricultural sprays are strictly controlled and are not hatmful to our roses or our interiors, anatomically speaking.
I part company with the Archers on (D) Farmers are the custodian of the countryside.Or should be. And the countryside should be kept for agriculture and for the protection of our environment. They should not be designated as building sites. I know it is hard to make money from farming and the easy response is, in these circumstances, to sell up and do something else. But of course it is not as simple as that. Farm more efficiently? Take advantage of subsidies on environmental strips?
Vote SNP? I don't know but concrete and brick is not the solution.
* Mud Mud Glorious Mud,
Nothing quite like it for cooling the blood,
So lets lift the tatties
and the local old Batties
Can complain till the cows come home
(Which is not until next Spring)Borders Song Book Flounders and Swan 1862.