[Talk-GB] Marking landuse and field boundaries

Dudley Ibbett dudleyibbett at hotmail.com
Fri Jan 4 07:22:23 GMT 2013

Given there is probably no "right" way to do this I would adopt the same approach in this situation and keep it simple.  Wall (the origin of the boundary) or fence the actual "barrier" at this time, it is up to you.  My preference would be wall.


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On 3 Jan 2013, at 14:57, "cotswolds mapper" <osmcotswolds at gmail.com> wrote:

> The problem I have mapping field boundaries round here is that they are very difficult to categorise.
> Historically, they were all dry stone walls.  However, dry stone walls need rebuilding periodically, which is expensive. If the fields are used for livestock, farmers put up posts with a single strand of barbed wire along the top, to make them stock proof. If this is done on both sides of the wall, this produces a strip of ground up to six feet wide in which anything can grow. So in some places the wall is still in good condition and would be tagged as a wall;  in some places the wall has largely collapsed so the barrier is effectively the two fences with a heap of stone between; and in some places lots of hedgerow plants have taken root and the barrier is a hedge (and maintained as such by the farmer to the extent of getting an annual trim).
> All three types can occur within say a 20 metres length of field boundary.  Trying to tag metre by metre depending on appearance would be tedious and produce (IMO) a very ugly map, and impossible to do reliably from aerial imagery;  but any single tag seems misleading.  Any suggestions?
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