28 May 1999
Country folk? Don’t you believe it

NEARLY half of modern villagers were born in towns and cities, according to a survey carried out for Country Illustrated.

Results thrown up by the survey include:

  • Some 53% believed that a farming revival could secure their villages future;
  • 81% welcomed newcomers;
  • Many were involved in field sports – 54% “involved in hunting”, 49% shooting and 37% fishing; and
  • Some 78% considered foxhunting beneficial for the countryside.

One curious finding was that most villagers believed their neighbours had little understanding and consideration for farmers problems.

  • The Daily Telegraph 28/05/99 page 6