Alluvial Lowlands Introduction
1. ALLUVIAL LOWLANDS
Regional character areas
Upper Thames Vale, Vale of Aylesbury, Vale of White Horse and Chilterns.
This landscape type is restricted to lowland areas, associated with alluvium drifts, adjacent to the main river corridors of the upper and lower Thames, the lower Cherwell and the rivers Ray and Ock.
This landscape type includes flat landscapes of lowland river valleys, associated with alluvial soils. It is characterised by a regular pattern of medium-sized hedged fields with permanent pasture and arable cropping.
- Broad alluvial plains.
- Mixed farming pattern with regular fields with both arable cropping and pasture.
- Densely scattered hedgerow trees of ash and willow.
- Dense willow corridors bordering a large number of ditches.
- Sparsely settled.