IT’S EASY to get the impression that Paul Heiney is someone who feels “the good old days” of agriculture – before the 1950s – were the best.

He didn’t work the land then, he was not old enough, but here is a man who has immersed himself in the old-fashioned ways of doing things to the point of eschewing the tractor for horses on his 40 acre holding in East Suffolk, and made a living writing and broadcasting about them.

His latest book* charts the traditional farming year and is well illustrated with plenty of old photographs but consciously or not, it does give the impression that farmers today are not a patch on their forebears.

* The Traditional Farming Year, Paul Heiney, available from Old Pond Publishing (01473 238 200), price 17.95 plus 1.50 p&p.