Welsh hill farming in the 21st century

I think there are about 11 million sheep in Wales. However there is not a great deal of money to be made from farming them. So, many farmers diversify - this one into farming the wind for which they get a handsome return.

It is a contentious issue in these parts but those who are against change should recall that before sheep were introduced, these hills were covered with trees! This one is called Mynydd Gorddu (roughly pronounced munith gorr- thee) and is only about 800 feet high. It is perfect for a wind farm: no other serious hill between it and the sea and not too steep. Therefore the wind blows steadily and with little turbulence. This area has been ear-marked for much bigger turbines and the opposition is becoming better organised. A major issue is that a network of overhead cables and large pylons to hold them is a distinct possibility. You can bet the power companies will not want to go to the expense of burying the cable!

As you can see, unlike in some parts of Britain, drought is not a problem here! It's not my best photo but, having cycled all the way up there, I sure was going to use it!
eva
Lovely shades of green and beautiful landscape.
posted May 6th, 2012  
I was brought up in south west wales and moved to NZ when I was 8-lots of sheep here too!!!! This looks v NZish to me=windfarm and all-lovely shot!
posted May 6th, 2012  
so pretty I must admit the windfarm does detract but if we are going to save this planet I guess we have to do something
posted May 6th, 2012  
Lovely landscape!
posted May 6th, 2012  
I love the rich greens in this shot - not so keen on the wind turbines!
posted May 6th, 2012  
Lovely landscape and I even like the windmills
posted May 6th, 2012  
I like the pic. Not so sure I like wind turbines.
posted May 6th, 2012  
Ian
Great colour David. I like the sheep in the foreground
posted May 6th, 2012  
The hills are alive with the sound of sheep!!
posted May 6th, 2012  
This is beautiful countryside!
posted May 7th, 2012  
i like the wind power mills!
posted May 7th, 2012  
I'm glad you did use it. It's a perfect capture of the country we live in (am I going completely PC! My natural tendency was to say "capture of modern day Britain", which is geographically correct and probably better English than what I ended up with. Then I wondered about whether there might be an issue with the Wales thing - but then I am half Welsh by ancestry, so now I am very confused). It's a great photo!!!
posted May 7th, 2012  
@peadar Thank you Peter and yes, there is always an issue with the Welsh thing!! …:-)
posted May 7th, 2012  
@redrucksack @pennymilner @sueh @victorypuzzle @if1 @soboy5 @godders @ianwm54 @bdb3471 @debbim @daisymaeyo Thank you all. I expected divided opinion on wind farms and you didn't disappoint! For me it is a breathtakingly beautiful landscape even with the wind farms .... and the sheep don't seem to object to the turbines!
posted May 7th, 2012  
@yrhenwr David, you have demonstrably failed to clear up the confusion on the Welsh thing. But, anyway, to demonstrate my good intentions, I have uploaded here:

http://365project.org/peadar/extras/2012-05-07
posted May 7th, 2012  
I love the little history lesson I get when I come to view your photos!
posted May 7th, 2012  
Lovely landscape. Love all the green. Thanks for the history.
posted May 8th, 2012  
This is so lovely! Thanks for sharing!
posted May 8th, 2012  
I have always liked the look of wind turbines. Lovely greens in the shot David. Hill farming has always seemed a tough existence.
posted May 8th, 2012  
Love how there's loads of detail in the front and it fades to just wide expanse in the background. Nice one.
posted May 8th, 2012  
@mstipe Thanks Michelle but you really shouldn't encourage me!! I don't need asking twice to give my own take on things! …:-)
posted May 8th, 2012  
@grannysue @amandalomonaco Thank you both, I appreciate your comments
posted May 8th, 2012  
@seanoneill Me too, I think they are quite elegant, as well as being an essential part of the future energy mix.



posted May 8th, 2012  
@yrhenwr I can't disagree David, but then I have had solar panels on my roof at home for 3 years.
posted May 8th, 2012  
@thebluegnu I love the analysis you bring with your comments and think 'Ah! That's why the composition works!' Thank you. I hope you will also tell me when you think it doesn't work!
posted May 8th, 2012  
@seanoneill PVs could be the way forward if this govt. doesn't kill off the fledgling businesses! We have them too. Imagine every South facing roof in the UK housing stock plus all those tall commercial building in cities having a set. Huge potential, if their manufacture has a sustainable future (Big If?)
posted May 8th, 2012  
@yrhenwr Definitely, i know afew people in the industry and they are distraught. One guy's order book has gone from 3 a week to one every three weeks!! Stupid!!
posted May 8th, 2012  
Love the composition, so green!
posted June 3rd, 2012  
beautiful shot, the colors stand out and are so interesting!
posted June 14th, 2012  
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