Monday, 8 February 2010
Please sign the NEW SaveTheFarmland E-Petition!
First, our SaveOurFens E-Petition to the Prime Minister attracted no less than 418 signatures before it closed on the 3rd of February. I am very grateful indeed to all of those who care about the future of our Fens and who took the trouble to sign up. Many of the names are of people known to me personally and many live or have business in the area affected by the National Trust's ill-conceived so-called 'Wicken Vision.'
As that E-Petition has closed, I submitted another to 10 Downing Street (I don't know who the Prime Minister is to be after, say, May, but the E-Petition is non-political and is intended for the attention of either Gordon Brown or David Cameron). The 10 Downing Street E-Petition team notified me of its approval today.
The NEW E-Petition reads as follows:
"We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to save the best farmland of the United Kingdom for food growing. The Cambridgeshire Fens contain Grade 1 farmland. This grows almost any food that is required - and it was all required in the second World War when enormous sums were expended on its further drainage and restoration. Our population is reported to be over 61 millions. Our growing population needs feeding. There is a limit as to how much food can and should be brought from less fortunate areas of the world. We deplore the loss of any of our best food-growing Fen farmland, for whatever worthy cause. The farmers and people of the ancient Fen-edge settlements of Wicken, Upware, Burwell, Reach, Swaffham Prior, Swaffham Bulbeck, Lode & Longmeadow, Bottisham, Stow cum Quy, Fen Ditton, Horningsea and Waterbeach feel threatened. Lift that threat, Prime Minister!"
If you, dear reader, are eligible to sign it, please do so at -