The carvings (trade ships 1835) in the beeches were a record of the birth of globalisation. Eighty five years later (1910) Beatrix Potter made posters protesting against Free Trade. She must have been one of the first anti globalisation protestors? I always liked her. In September 1985 a few more of the Rusland Beeches graffiti trees were felled by the Lake District National Park “due to birforkation.”
Some would cry “protectionist” – but her instincts were pretty true when she said:
“When a workman ain’t got any Wages –
Now what is the good of ‘cheap’ bread?
While you argues and talks and rampages-
Poor Camberwell Dolly lies dead!”
(Election Work from: A History of the Writings of Beatrix Potter by Leslie Linder 1971)