|Little Langdale, a typically beautiful Lake District scene|
You can read his piece here but in essence he says the existence of subsidies for sheep grazing the fells (aided and abetted by supporters who want to keep the landscape looking just as it was in centuries past and as loved by Wordsworth and other artists and poets of the past) has produced a barren mono-culture bereft of bio-diversity. He'd prefer fewer sheep and more trees on the fells as native trees support more insect life. In reply many people have naturally jumped in to the debate defending the sheep and the farming practices.
|Some of the 'accused' Herdwick sheep|
|Wooded slopes of oak|
|Gorse in flower and scrub trees coming into leaf|
|Coniston Water with its birch tree-line shoreline|
Perhaps the moral of the story is that environmental campaigners who carry pointy sticks and artists who carry knitting needles don't see the world in the same way...thank goodness!
Little Langdale photo from stockphotographybyward
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