chapter  5
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Culture and the Countryside

About ten miles west of Cambridge lies the National Trust property of Wimpole Hall. I n addition to the house, the estate (unusually for Cambridgeshire) has both some low hills and a large area of grassland with cattle and sheep grazing. But its main attraction is the Home Farm, a magnificently renovated model farm built in the nineteenth century with vast thatched barns. Here there is a large collection of rare breeds of farm animals, and a working farm. It is a welldesigned and well-run attraction, educational and (to judge by my family) great fun. There are old tractors to climb on, a barn full of old implements, and a regular supply of lambs, piglets and other animals. It is one of the only places around Cambridge where you can see farm animals close to, and explain to children that meat and milk do not grow in plastic packets in supermarket chiller cabinets.