Bales of hay, meadow, near Horsenden Hill

This meadow is surrounded by thousands of suburban homes but you could be forgiven for thinking it was deep in the English countryside. These bales are produced by a machine that gathers up and binds the hay with baler twine. Maintaining the meadows around the hill is an important part of its management, preventing it from being taken over by scrub. There is a deliberate effort to encourage diversity and it was evident today, as there were not only pigeons, crows and magpies feeding amongst the stubble, there were also a number of large insects flying about. It probably didn’t look much different one or two hundred years ago, when the work was carried out by hand.

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