Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Man-made scenery

While the West Hove golf course is not unattractive, to my mind it is considerably less attractive than other stretches of the South Downs. Of course, I realise it has only been laid down for 10 or 15 years or so and there is still some way to go before tees are fully mature, but all the same, it has a distinct "man-made" look to it. I'm not singling out this course in particular; all golf courses have that look. That said, the entire countryside of the Downs is man-made! Not the basic topography, naturally, but the hills were at one time covered by trees. These were cleared and sheep were grazed on the open grassland up until the Second World War. That was when fields were fenced and land put to the plough. Since then there has been a mix of arable farming along with dairy and beef cattle - and sheep.

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