LANt009 Steve Hodson
LANDshapes Oral History interview summary
Needwood - a quiet area untouched by modern changes?....Steve Hodson
reminds us "there are a lot of large estates round this area",
but that doesn't mean there hasn't been change. Listen to Steve
explain about the difference between tied and rented houses, and
how changes in agricultural practices have had an affect on the
property market. Steve shares with us his pleasure seeing the changes
The National Forest is bringing up 'Under the Needwood Tree'. Talking
of his work in fencing, tree felling and hedging, he tells us about
the landscape changes he has noticed in other areas of The National
Forest, how some of the coal board sites around Burton-on-Trent
have been transformed through planting and how he sees The National
Forest developing over the next 20 years. Acrobatic hares and ancient
oaks?... Well yes, but you have to make a living too, so Steve tells
us about rearing pheasant, hunting and shooting, and the dwindling
market for lower quality timbers.
Interviewer: Roger Kitchen.
Interview Date: 22/02/2005
Landshape Zone: Needwood
Location: Newborough, Staffordshire,
Date of birth: 1954
Location of Original: Originals held with The National Forest Company.