• Short Summary

    ASCENSION ISLAND, IN MID-ATLANTIC, IS VOLCANIC ROCK, AND AT SEA-LEVEL, IT LOOKS AT THOUGH NOTHING COULD GROW THERE.

  • Description

    ASCENSION ISLAND, IN MID-ATLANTIC, IS VOLCANIC ROCK, AND AT SEA-LEVEL, IT LOOKS AT THOUGH NOTHING COULD GROW THERE. BUT ABOUT TWO THOUSAND FEET (600 METRES) UP IN THE MOUNTAINS IS FERTILE LAND AND A FLOURISHING FARM. THE PEAKS ARE OFTEN CLOUD-COVERED, AND THIS PROVIDES THE NECESSARY MOISTURE.

    THE FARM BELONGS TO A BRITISH COMPANY, CABLE AND WIRELESS LIMITED, WHICH OWNS A CABLE RELAY STATION ON THE ISLAND. IT IS MANAGED BY MR. PETER CRITCHLEY, WHO IS 54, AND HAS LIVED ON ASCENSION ISLAND, WITH HIS WIFE AND FAMILY, FOR NEARLY TEN YEARS.

    THE MEN WORKING WITH HIM ALL COME FROM ST. HELENA, ABOUT 700 MILES (1100 KILOMETRES) AWAY, FOR ASCENSION ISLAND HAS NO LOCAL POPULATION OF ITS OWN. IT WAS UNINHABITED UNTIL 150 YEARS AGO, WHEN A FORCE OF BRITISH MARINES WAS LANDED THERE TO GARRISON THE ISLAND AT THE TIME WHEN NAPOLEON WAS HELD CAPTIVE ON ST. HELENA. THE MARINES BUILT THE MOUNTAIN ROAD AND STARTED THE FARM.

    ON THE STEEP MOUNTAINSIDE, THE FARM CONCENTRATES ON MARKET GARDENING AND LIVESTOCK RATHER THAN ARABLE CULTIVATION. IT HAS OVER A THOUSAND SHEEP AND LAMBS, ABOUT 70 PIGS, AND FRESIAN AND RED POLL DAIRY HERDS THAT YIELD ABOUT 40 GALLONS (180 LITRES) OF MILK A DAY.

    MAIZE, POTATOES AND OTHER VEGETABLES WILL GROW THERE; SO WILL BANANAS. ORANGE, GRAPE-FRUIT AND LEMON TREES HAVE RECENTLY BEEN PLANTED.

    THE PRODUCE OF THE FARM IS SOLD TO THE STAFF OF THE CABLE STATION, AND ALSO TO THE AMERICAN SATELLITE TRACKING STATION THAT HAS BEEN SET UP ON THE ISLAND. ALTOGETHER, SOME 1,400 PEOPLE NOW LIVE ON ASCENSION ISLAND, AND GET FRESH FOOD FROM THIS FARM.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA3PN0JODEWBSZFWKEAHPYQGCEC
    Media URN:
    VLVA3PN0JODEWBSZFWKEAHPYQGCEC
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/12/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:29:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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