Strip Farming

Paul  Green

Derby, United Kingdom

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Monday March 19th
I drove over to Thorpe Cloud to take my monthly photo and spent the day driving around the Manifold Valley.

This shot shows the lower slopes of Oldpark Hill across the Manifold valley. It appears that at some time in the past the field was used for strip farming.

Strip farming helps to stop soil erosion by creating natural dams for water, helping to preserve the strength of the soil. Certain layers of plants will absorb minerals and water from the soil more effectively than others. When water reaches the weaker soil that lacks the minerals needed to make it stronger, it normally washes it away. When strips of soil are strong enough to slow down water from moving through them, the weaker soil can’t wash away like it normally would. Because of this, farmland stays fertile much longer.

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