A farmer's view of Stonehenge Landscape

Guardianship on Minibeasts, Stonehenge

Rob Turner's family have farmed the countryside surrounding Stonehenge for nearly 70 years. Here he gives us an insight on being a tenant farmer in this unique area.

'During the First World War much of the land was given over to the military, hence Airman’s Corner, so it was my grandfather’s job to turn the airstrip and buildings back into farmland. We are still carrying on the reversion process of turning the land back into arable countryside so it's been a long process.

Uncommon challenges

It's a unique area to farm and it is a privilege but sometimes the cattle don't quite appreciate it. They like to rub their heads up and down on the barrows particularly when it's dry, it can make a real mess. So we've had to fence off a few areas now as they also just want to stand on top of them which the archaeologists are not keen on.
Solstice can present a few challenges so we plan carefully around it. Not many farmers have to allow hundreds of people to walk across their fields twice a year so we have to make sure we are prepared. We just need to manage the fields that people walk through carefully so the grass isn't too long or there are not cattle grazing.

A special place

There is only one Stonehenge so it is a privilege to farm the land there, I like seeing the people enjoying the countryside. As long as they remember to shut the gates!
It's a pretty unique area...but when the wind and rain set in it can also be one of the bleakest.