Wilson's Story - Farming Changes

Wilson Robinson was born in 1916, and witnessed many changes in his long farming career. He started farming when he was a boy, helping around the family farm, and later bought his own farm among the hills of Westmoreland just before VE Day in 1945.

Shortly after the war he was approached by the British chemical company, ICI, to take part in a costings scheme. He followed their suggestion of introducing chemical fertilizer and silage making. His farm later became a ICI demonstration farm, showing these intensive farming techniques to other farmers in the area.

Wilson's story reflects the great changes that took places in the farming sector in the decades after the war and the influence these changes have had on the landscape and wildlife today.

Find out more about Wilson on the Biographies page.