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 Partly arable plateau of approx. 20   
 acre fields. Hedgerows often replaced 
 with wire or removed. Along the small 
 road leading to the Crichel Estate new
 trees have been planted among mature  
 ones. The lodge is let to a self-     
 employed hurdle maker. To the North   
 the hill drops steeply into a small   
 river valley of permanent pasture     
 hedged into smaller than l0 acre units
 of old family farm. Bedridden farmer &
 invalid wife live in large house with 
 a girl to help. 92 beef cattle are    
 tended by one farm worker living in   
 tied semi-detached cottage with wife &
 4 children, dog, cats & hens. No car  
 or phone. Other half of cottage       
 occupied by father & son commuting.   
 Also a 30,000 battery chicken & an    
 indoor intensive pig unit are run by  
 the farmer's brother from Blandford (9
 miles) employing local women.         

Map of the area

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