Early Start…


this arable field is the last vestige of arable green space, separating one village from another…

now they have pulled down a whole bunch of council homes, and are building no more social homes, but homes a few people can afford, with a huge “help to buy” but because they are doing this “new housing community” they are then granted an unprecedented amount of access to our green belt, that they can destroy…

As you turn in a complete 360* circle no matter where you look, it appears that we are standing in a bowl, & are looking out towards the rim of this bowl, which is a few miles away, and appears to consist of a range of different ridges & hills, & where once our view would have been interrupted by pit wheels, with many different sorts of heaps, consisting of slag & products of the coal industry, mixed with the odd village and cottages supporting the coal and farming industry, that was working these valley bottoms and hillsides… & most of the local farming community, with the arable & pasture land dotted with hedgerows & trees, must have given a welcome respite from the dark & damp working conditions that the mines offered, these mines, which now is a living memory for most of the older generation, with the youngsters reliving those day of thirty odd years ago, via the museums, parks such as Beamish, & areas of greenspaces revitalised from the industrialised and contaminated areas which cannot support housing due to the toxic nature of what lies beneath the grass of these parks… and so from a working scene that once interrupted our view to a new scene that totally obscures our view of the land, man and his mindless march forward, brings a new obscurity to the land with the onslaught of housing..

so what was found – well I will add that in a day or two…


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