High Weald

Field systems

Recognising the pressure on fields in the Weald for development, food and energy production and leisure use, the High Weald AONB Partnership and Historic England co-funded the ‘Field Systems in the High Weald’ project designed to help identify and conserve our most historically-significant fields.

Report Title:
Field Systems in the High Weald

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Field systems in the High Weald Research History March 2017
Field Systems in the High Weald A Landscape Approach to Assessment March 2017
Field Systems in the High Weald Character Statement March 2017
Field Systems in the High Weald Case Study Report Ardingly March 2017
Field Systems in the High Weald Case Study Report Benenden South by footpath March 2017
Field Systems in the High Weald Heritage Assessment Earlye Farm March 2017
Field Systems in the High Weald Case Study Report Little Scotney Farm March 2017
Field systems in the High Weald Case Study Report Woodside Farm March 2017
Field Systems in the High Weald Communication Plan & Audience Profiles March 2017
Field systems in the High Weald Community and Outreach Events March 2017

Status and date:
Complete, July 2017

Research purpose:
Field systems are a key character component of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The area’s distinctive pattern of small, irregular fields has remained largely unchanged for the last 700 years. This project was designed to identify and conserve our most historically-significant fields – particularly in countryside facing considerable change through development or agricultural modification. The work adds to our knowledge of pre-medieval field systems surviving in the present day landscape.

Research aims:
• To produce guidance designed to help identify and conserve the most important fields in the High Weald in line with the purpose of AONB designation.

Outputs:
A draft High Weald field and boundaries character statement has been produced, together with a method of assessment and supporting video and web-based information.

Funded by:
High Weald AONB Partnership and Historic England