Field layer and establishment methods

Perennial plants should be part of the aesthetic highlights, with a choice of species related to open meadow, grassland, woodland edge and woodland interior communities. Establishment methods comprise a combination of direct seeding and planting.

Basic management principles

The long-term management regime will be very important for keeping and developing qualities belonging to this type. The open areas can shift from short cut-grass to hayed meadows and free-growing grass areas for regeneration zones, with direct or spontaneous seeding. This is often a very dynamic landscape, although people believe it to be one of the most stable over time. This concept can be difficult for management staff to grasp and the qualities of the small-scale pattern can easily be destroyed and become overgrown.

Edge types