Open fields past, present and future: a trip to Laxton, Nottinghamshire

England’s 'last open field village’, Laxton in Nottinghamshire, is a landscape shaped by the historic communal farming system and its ongoing modernisation in the 21st century. For FeedSax, and especially the archaeobotanical dimension of the project, Laxton offers the opportunity to study the species composition and ecology of vegetation communities adapted to the existing version …

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Visiting the Laxton Map

Classic open field farming, once so prevalent in central medieval England, is all but extinct. Gone are the three-field rotations, the undivided strips, the communal decision-making... except at Laxton, the famously unique village in Nottinghamshire which has never entirely given up its open field system. True, it does not retain the medieval ways in every …

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