Historically, the Lower Severn Vale Levels were best suited to dairy and livestock farming as the heavy clay soils made ploughing difficult, particularly before tractors.
Orchards were common as fruit grows well in this fertile environment. Farmers would use the fruit to pay farm labourers as well as to sell and to eat themselves.
Many farmers would also own fishing rights locally and would earn their income from both farming and fishing, particularly salmon and eels which were abundant.
While many farms, orchards and fish have sadly now disappeared, you can still enjoy delicious local produce in the area.