LANt014 John Hodgetts
LANDshapes Oral History interview summary
Hear about how "the love of a woman" brought John Hodgetts
to the farm near Yoxall he has carefully nurtured through many changes.
From changes in consumer demand to foot and mouth disease, life
has certainly required a flexible and innovative attitude from John
and his wife. Those who suffered in the 1999/2000 outbreak will
empathise with John as he recalls how close they came to 'loosing
everything' during the 1970/71 outbreak. John's closeness to his
land becomes apparent as he tells us about his ability to 'read
the weather', which he describes as having evolved intuitively over
a period of years, he discusses changes in weather patterns remembering
in particular the severe weather of 1962/3.
Interviewer: Roger Kitchen.
Interview Date: 01/03/2005
Landshape Zone: Needwood
Location: Yoxall, Staffordshire,
Date of birth: 1936
Location of Original: Originals held with The National Forest Company.