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“Farmers Tell Of Stress And Anguish Over Unwanted Crop Circle”

As a counter to our last post, here’s an article from Farmer’s Weekly wherein the farmers of the field hosting the 4 August Hannington circle express their distress at its arrival. How much this contradicts their stance in the BBC article is open to the reader to judge. Article here, screens below.

As usual Matthew Williams couldn’t resist wading in to the comments section, and his post has likely done more damage than good in our estimation. In the current climate, and in an effort to save as many circles as possible from the blades of the combine, such comments should be kept to oneself.

“Crop Circles Are Criminal Damage”

A recent statement from Wiltshire Police:

“With summer well and truly underway we have seen an increase of crop circles appearing across the county. They might seem harmless but they actually have a huge negative impact on the hardworking landowners and farmers whose crops are damaged. Creating a crop circle is CRIMINAL DAMAGE and an offence.

The damage caused means a loss in revenue to the farmer and landowner. They also have to deal with civil trespass issues on their land after a crop circle has been created when members of the public come without permission, to view the circle. It has also been known for individuals to pose as part of a charity or as the landowner at the site of crop circles and attempt to take ‘donations’ from people viewing the crop circle.

We urge all farmers and landowners if they have has a crop circle on their land to report it to us on 101 so it can be recorded. Often immediately after a crop circle appears, individuals will arrive with a drone to photograph it. Take note of any vehicles, their registration plates, and any individuals and pass this information to the police.

Individuals using a drone in the immediate time after a crop circle, may be connected to group who have created the circle. The footage is quickly circulated on social media to generate interest. Although we do accept that crop circle enthusiasts will use a drone to capture aerial photos as the circle becomes more widely known about. Prior to visiting though check that permission has been given by the landowner to enter the land.

If a circle is created on your land make sure you tell the Crop Circle Community if you decide to allow/ not allow access to the general public, and if you intend to cut the circle out. This should reduce unwanted visitors.

There are 3 places to do this:

1.https://goo.gl/cfBRV3

2. https://goo.gl/idp8Mo

3. https://goo.gl/oU2HBJ

We also ask the public to help support our rural communities by reporting any suspicious vehicles, behaviour or people in crop fields to police on 101 they may be attempting to create a crop circle and committing criminal damage. If you can see a crop circle creation in progress, call police on 999.”

“We The Circle Makers” [MC]

Some of you have no doubt been following the recent ‘fake crop circle photographs’ brouhaha, and the allegation that Steve Alexander is the culprit. He isn’t, though that hasn’t stopped the Crop Circle Connector publicly accusing him. Twice. Yesterday afternoon a most curious statement was posted by one ‘Paul Smith’ on the Against the Grain Facebook group. The statement disappeared quickly, though some of us managed to get a copy first.

“I have a confession the image being shared around is indeed a fake made in photoshop. And not the first.

For years art has been high jacked by photographers and “researchers” creating negative energy around the subject for their own personal gain.

We the circle makers are fed up with the infighting and manipulation of our art by those who will attempt to own the subject. Those who force people to subscribe to view past works, or by profiteering by selling our art.

We are aware many pieces are never seen as they are photographed but unreleased by photographers on all sides. We know some are paid for and commissioned by some to fill gaps in their own research.

Our art is free for everyone to enjoy, and not a way for you to make money. We will no longer accept payment or goods in exchange for our time and effort.

Art is free.”

“We the circle makers”? That’s rather presumptuous of you, Paul, as if you had any form of authority to speak on behalf of them all. Your words are your own. They certainly don’t echo the sentiments of any circle makers I know or have spoken to. You are not their voice.

Your arguments are tired, and have been debunked elsewhere on this blog (see for example the articles Must Be Funny and The Alexander Lie), with the exception of charging a fee to access archives, which indeed is a criticism I have also raised. But once a circle is made, all connection with its maker is severed. If you don’t like what people do with your circles after that, perhaps a more efficient form of protest would be simply to not make them?

UK Crop Circles April 2017 [HJ]

Cherhill, Wiltshire, 16 April 2017. A pictogram-style design in oilseed rape below the Cherhill white horse. The first circle of 2017 was a pleasing one. Unfortunately the farmer was less than happy and cut it out within a week of its appearance, perhaps because of the number of visitors it attracted despite his pleas to stay out of the field. To my knowledge, this is the first time ever that an oilseed rape circle has been cut out by the farmer. Photo by Mr Gyro.

Tarlton, Gloucestershire, 18 April 2017. Oilseed rape. A small circle with standing crescent and with two much smaller nearby satellite circles. These circles appeared to be much more lightly laid than Cherhill – perhaps due to the youth of the crop – and attracted a very curious UFO report – see article here. Photo by Mr Gyro.

Waden Hill, Avebury, Wiltshire, 22 April 2017. Oilseed rape. Six spinning crescents with standing cube in the centre. Diameter c.200′. The axis of the cube points directly to the centre of Avebury stone circle. Photo by Phillippe Ullens.

Oliver’s Castle, Wiltshire, 24 April 2017. A large ring with 27 much smaller rings superimposed. Oilseed rape. Photo by Hugh Newman.

Madron Holy Well and Chapel, Cornwall, 28 April 2017. Grass. Unfortunately these two photographs are all I have seen of this circle. It would seem to have been entirely neglected. Perhaps if it were in Wiltshire, or in oilseed rape, it would have received more attention.

 

Cherhill Circle Cut

The 16 April Cherhill circle has been cut by the farmer. This is the first example we can think of in crop circle history of an oilseed rape circle being cut out. Why has he farmer done this? Likely because he asked for people to stay out of the field and despite this the circle had many visitors. Please, people, try to respect farmers’ wishes. Enjoy the circle from afar (fine views of the Cherhill circle in particular could be had from the nearby hill) but stay out unless the farmer has given permission.

Photo by Hans Fryestam