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halted because of public pressure. Thank you to everyone who took the
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URGENT: Stop the mega-dairy in South Witham
Contact Buckminster Trust Estate
||Zero-grazing units such as
this one will proliferate all over Britain unless we stop the
march of the dairy factory farmers
mega-dairy in Lincolnshire is being planned 50 miles away from
Nocton (where 8,000 cows are due to be incarcerated).
Seemingly unconnected to that proposal, the one in
South Witham is akin to it in every other way. Again, this will be
a zero-grazing unit (meaning that the 3,000 cows will rarely - if ever
- go outside); it is also being situated a stone's throw away from a
small village. Again, animals and people in the countryside are
suffering because of the greed of big business.
The land is being leased to
Velmur Ltd (a consortium on Irish farmers) by a local landowner:
Buckminster Trust Estate. The Buckminster Estate's custodian, Richard
Tollemache, has gone on record as a self-professed protector of the
countryside - going as far as saying that it is
his duty to protect it for generations to come. The leasing of
land for industrial scale dairy farming clearly flies in the face of
However, Buckminster Trust
Estate have also gone on record saying that they are
open-minded about the development. This means that we have a
golden opportunity to stop this before it gets going.
Please politely contact
Buckminster Trust Estate using our letter below as a basis.
If you are local to the
area, please personalise as much as possible.
Please note: we have not been
able to find an email address (let us know if you know one!), but
please do take the time to contact them ASAP.
Telephone 01476 860471
Fax 01476 861235
Buckminster Trust Estate
Grantham, NG33 5SD
* **** 2010
I am writing to you to express
my concern about the proposed mega-dairy to be built on the outskirts
of the village of South Witham by the consortium Velmur Ltd.
I read with interest in
Farmer's Weekly that Buckminster Trust Estate was "open minded
about the idea". I also read with interest your comments in
Leicester Mercury 'Last bastion of hope for traditional village
life?' (Aug 18, 2009): "We are all only here for a short while . The
countryside was here for thousands of years before any of us were born
and hopefully we can preserve it so it is here for much, much longer
after we have gone."
Those sentiments are obviously
admirable, but seem very much at odds with the proposed development in
South Witham, where I understand Buckminster Trust Estate is planning
to lease the land to Velmur Ltd. Understandably, local people are
extremely concerned about what essentially accounts for the
whole-scale industrialisation of the countryside. Zero-grazing of
nearly 3,000 cows - which is what is being proposed there - is wholly
unnatural, and is a practice imported from the United States. People
there have given evidence of the untold misery of living next to these
huge industrial units: the noise, increase in traffic and potential
pollution. They are also quite rightly concerned about animal welfare
and potential for disease. Zero-grazing is not about improving animal
welfare - it is about maximising profit. Specifically in reference to
the 2009 Report of the European Food Safety Authority, which concluded
that the factory farming of dairy cows should end, not least because
such breeding and practices for higher milk yields are major factors
causing poor health and welfare in dairy herds. Animals will suffer,
and it is another nail in the coffin of traditional country life.
There is also significant
concern about the impact on the local natural environment, especially
as the development is so near South Witham Verges. The Lincolnshire
Wildlife Trust describe the area as "rich" in flora, and also say that
the area has
fallow and muntjac deer, badger, fox, stoat,
weasel, pygmy shrew and harvest mouse. This development - which is so
out of character with the oldest part of the village which it will
immediately border - is set to destroy rural life for both people and
The article in the
Leicester Mercury also says of where you live, "In
Buckminster, no-one has any cause to worry about the swathes of
countryside surrounding them being built on in this lifetime."
Please extend this sensible approach to the preservation of our
countryside by urging the withdrawal of the participation of
Buckminster Trust Estate in the development at South Witham.
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