How did the enclosure movement affect farmers
It was used to divide land and also protect and keep the animals from wandering too far. Enclosure made it a lot easier for farmers to heard the animals especially sheep and cows. Sheep were a big part of the economy in Europe at this time and as new ways were developed to better care for them the better farmers did.
Though the enclosure movement was practical in organizing land among wealthy landowners it also had a negative impact on peasant farmers. It caused massive urbanization as many farmers were forced to give up their shares of the land to wealthy landowners and move into the cities in search of work. A good amount of these farmers were unsuccessful and lived in poverty with their families because there was not enough work. Families who held land by custom were unable to produce legal documents proving their ownership. What had once been traditional access to public lands used to get firewood, fruit, nuts and “pig fodder” were now taken away.