In late 2013, while I was working on A Thousand Laurie Lees (which celebrates the Slad Valley and the writer Laurie Lee’s continuing influence on that landscape), I was approached by John Meadley, the then chair of the Pasture-fed Livestock Association (PfLA). He asked if, when I had finished celebrating landscapes past, I might be interested in writing something about the future, and about pasture farming in particular. I said yes, but thought little more about it, given my looming deadline.

John persisted, however. He had noted my interest in the relationship between people and landscapes ...


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