Conflict in the countryside: How intensive farms are dividing rural Britain

The lorries come at night. Once I remember, it was 4 o’clock one morning. The bedroom at the front, the window is directly opposite the exit to the farm. It lit the bedroom up and woke me up. I?ve moved bedrooms now, I don?t sleep there anymore because I?ll be woken up by the lorries. It was happening at night time often because they catch them at night, putting them into the lorries and then finishing in the day. Its 26 lorries going in and out, 56 movements. Coming every 35 days.

The following day is clean-out, you?ve got the noise of the power washer and the tractors and trailers coming out with the muck. I don?t smell the muck which is good. They dry the buildings out, put fresh shavings down. That goes to day 48.

It?s a lovely county and these sheds have ruined it. My next door neighbour did a charity cycle run from Creddenhill to Weobley, and everywhere they went there was a smell of chickens. For a tourist area, it?s just not very nice.

More people will have them erected near their houses. It?s going to be very difficult to stop it. In my opinion if we?ve got to have chicken sheds its got to be as far away from humans as possible.”

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