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Landscape Character Types
Planned Silt Fen
An engineered, large-scale open landscape which is distinctively flat and uncomplicated in its patterns. Arable land use occurs in large, regular fields and vertical structures appear prominent.
Occurs in the central seaward part of the Fens, in northern Cambridgeshire, west Norfolk and south Lincolnshire.
Open, low-lying landscape with a distinctive flat landform.
Natural / water features:
Area is drained by ditches, but they are often imperceptible unless at close range.
Vegetation and land use
Although characterised by grazing marsh on marine levels, the low-lying nature and relative fertility of this landscape is reflected in a minimal survival of semi-natural habitat.
Primary land use :
Intensively farmed arable landscape.
Tree cover restricted to discrete patches of secondary woodland/scrub and groups of trees around dwellings.
Farmsteads which often occur at the intersection of reclamation periods and sea defence walls.
Large sized geometric arable fields defined by drainage ditches and dykes. There is little apparent structural difference between early and recent episodes of field creation.
Settlement and built structures are largely absent except for occasional isolated farmsteads, reflecting the late reclamation of this area for agricultural use.
To be completed at a later date.
Historic development :
This landscape was created by drainage of coastal marshland for farmland from the post-medieval period onwards. Most of the area is occupied by recent (18/19th C) enclosures, although earlier (16/18th C) enclosures occur around the eastern fringes.
Open skies and long distance views create a strong sense of remoteness.
Long distance views, open skies and uninterrupted horizons.