High Weald

meg_lucas_sheep_413pxAs we say farewell to the first decade of a new millennium, what does the future hold for the High Weald?

The character of the landscape is essentially the same as it was 600 years ago; it is considered to be one of the best preserved medieval landscapes in Northern Europe. But will its special character be evident 600 years from now? Or will the pressures of a growing and globalised society prove too much?

As in the past, the people who live and work in the High Weald today are as much a part of its character as the landscape itself. Some of them have worked the land for decades, others are newcomers, the Anvil meets some of them to discover what, if anything, has changed during their tenure and what they think the future may hold.

Hew Prendergast, Ashdown Forest

Hew Prendergast, Ashdown Forest

Hew Prendergast has lived on Ashdown Forest for 21 years and held a place on... Read more

Vicky & Chris Agar, Spring Farm Alpacas

Vicky & Chris Agar, Spring Farm Alpacas

Vicki and Chris Agar bought Spring Farm at Fletchling, near Uckfield, in 1998 as a... Read more

Keith Datchler, Beech Farm Estate

Keith Datchler, Beech Farm Estate

As a boy, Keith Datchler helped out at the dairy farm across the road before... Read more