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Sorcha Lewis spoke to a meeting of the Radnorshire Society on 18 May 2017 on hill farming in the beautiful Claerwen and Elan Valleys. Sorcha and her husband farm in the Elan valley where his family have farmed for generations. Sorcha’s intimate knowledge and love of the valleys also stems from her role as a Ranger, and until 2013, as Head Ranger for the valleys. Throughout her talk, Sorcha emphasised the connections between farms and the families who worked on them and the landscape we see today. The coming of the dams and modern technologies have made a huge impact on the working methods but the underlying farming year remains the same. The year still starts with the gathering of sheep off the hills. This is a job in [...]