Lowland Village Farmlands Introduction
8. LOWLAND VILLAGE FARMLANDS
Regional character areas
Upper Thames Vale, Corallian Ridge and Vale of White Horse.
The largest part of the landscape type is at the western end of the Upper Thames Vale and to the south of Witney and Carterton. A large part also falls within the clay vale area to the north-west and south-west of Didcot. Outliers of the landscape type at Islip, Merton, Charlton-on-Otmoor, Garsington and Toot Baldon are associated with outcrops of the Corallian beds over the clay vale.
A variable, often large scale farmed landscape closely associated with village settlements.
- A varied, gently rolling and almost flat topography.
- Medium to large-sized arable and hedged fields.
- Thinly scattered hedgerow trees, which are mostly ash.
- Ash, willow and poplars fringing ditches and streams.
- Prominent village settlements scattered throughout the area.