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Farmers say crop circles are destroying business

Photo: ITV West Country

Farmers in Wiltshire say crop circles people cut into their fields are damaging their trade and costing them up to tens of thousands of pounds.

Enthusiasts call it a 'spiritual phenomenon' but farmers are urging people to stop.

The picture cannot be seen from ground level. Credit: ITV West Country

Of the 28 crop circles reported worldwide this year, three quarters have been in Wiltshire.

While this puts the county on the map, farmers like Tim Carson say there is a cost to farmers of having so many crop circles.

28
crop circles have been reported across the world this year.

"We've probably had in excess of over 120 probably over the 27 years that they've been occurring.

To put a cost on it, everybody asks what it costs, well you've got your growing costs obviously, your loss of yield depending on what size they are I suppose anything between 500 and 1000 pounds."

– Tim Carson
Intricate patterns are cut into the field and can be seen from above. Credit: ITV West Country

The damaged crops cost farmers business and they also have to pay to grow replacement product.

Farmers say that as the fields belong to them, nobody else should be trespassing and destroying their crops.

Farmers say their property should not be flattened. Credit: ITV West Country

Some farmers are trying to use the formations to do good.

James Hussey, whose family have harvested in Wiltshire for a century, is charging people entry to see the crop circles in his field.

The proceeds will go towards buying radiotherapy equipment for Swindon.

James Hussey is using the crop circles to raise funding for radiotherapy equipment. Credit: ITV West Country

Mr Hussey, whose wife Gill died of cancer three years ago, says the fundraising effort has so far been a massive success.

"Over the last two years we've raised over £12,000 for Brighter Futures through crop circles. We've been running ten days here we've made over £1,500."

– James Hussey
Crop circles can cost a farmer up to tens of thousands of pounds. Credit: ITV West Country