Farming as Fashion
Huge sums of money had been spent on even more ornamental causes. Clumps and perimeter tree lines had been grown for the sole purpose of cover for the sport of pheasants. Oriental pheasants had been imported into England and America for their beauty, as well as for sport. Ornamental “improvements” to the estates had been the main focus here, and not the effects of the birds on the grain output. Englishmen tested their manliness and prepared for war by hunting animals. The sport allowed the man that shot the most game to carry boasting rights that the lesser shots could not claim.  This had also been the beginning of the elite’s interest in game animals.