Several habitats of the maritime croplands were created in the Living Field garden to allow plants with different needs to flourish. The soil is the same – the habitats differ in the type of seed or plants originally introduced, management, shade and wetness.

The habitats are

  • meadow – perennial, cut for hay
  • pond and ditch – wet and shady
  • hedge and tree – linear and vertical space, creating shade and shelter
  • cornfield – annuals growing with crops
  • cropped field – cultivated, sown, harvested

The menu to the right also links to pages on each habitat.


The images above show (top left, clockwise) wild iris in the ditch, wild rose in the hedge, the herb garden, flowering field scabious in the meadow, cornfield poppy, birch tree and (centre) the cultivated plot.

Back to the Garden front page. On to Living Exhibits.

[last update: 13 September 2016]