We are going on a journey around the Western Pennines, looking at how the land could be doing something different. Much of the land looks like this pasture round Pendle Hill. Does it have to be like that?
The land is not fixed; anybody who has worked the land, even in a garden, knows how we could change things.
This land is hard to work, and even harder to make a profit. But if we want to make a contribution to 'Food Security and Sustainability', we should be making better use of this land.
Some people want to make out that land look like this because that is the 'natural way of things'. In other words:"You can't change that!" We cannot have people questioning how to run the land..whatever next?
Yet we can do all sorts of things with land - or rather the soil that makes the Earth what it is. However, it often needs a lot of toil to make the soil work well. Soil and toil. Land and labour. If we want to change the food we eat, it starts here. So to give an idea of all the sorts of thing land can do, we are going on a tour of the eastern Pennines, starting in Ilkley (just above the 'A' on the google map below)....
At each scene we look at how that land could be used to produce more sustainable food. You can check what the Scenes mean or go straight to Ilkley
Why the land looks the way it does reflects a lot of history, much of it about power and struggle. The local story of the Pendle Witch Trial Trail
reflects that; the so called witches lived on common land, some having being thrown off their own land during local enclosures, and convicted by a judge who was enclosing land at the time. You may also enjoy the story of Three Acres and a Cow'
If you want to make some comments about the site, please free to make some suggestions in the 'Comments' box below.You can join the site and download a Guide to the what sort of things you can do. In time, we'll be more accurate and GPS where all the scenes are, so you could put it in your Tomtom.