Farming in the Chilterns – Gill Kent

The basic considerations when farming, which are topography, soil and rainfall, were discussed with particular reference to the Chilterns.

Simple mixed farming (few crops and a wide variety of animals), which had been practised for generations, gradually gave way to modern methods after the 1960s. Technical advances in plant and animal breeding, the development of weedkillers etc., but primarily the emergence of the Supermarkets and the demise of the Milk Marketing Board, were responsible for the changes. Today’s farming methods were discussed, together with farming support payments and environmental care inducements”.