A Visit to Lincolnshire
Alkborough Flats is an area of low-lying farmland of nearly 990 acres (4 km2) situated at the confluence of the Rivers Trent and Ouse; the point where the Humber Estuary can be said to begin.
The sea defences, which were built in the 1950s to protect the area, have been breached to allow water to flood the land at high tide. The project created 495 acres (2 km2) of new intertidal habitat in the inner part of the Humber Estuary.
Last week I took the time to visit this and many other places on my site seeing tour of North Lincolnshire. Farm land “below” sea level and the remainder 1, 2 or 3 m above it. Large, flat fields, large tractors and a surprising amount of winter sown cereals.
There were a few crops uncommon to the West Midlands such as Vining peas and borage along with the use of Cover or Catch cropping; always a great discussion point.
There was as always the ever present reminder that water management is No.1 when it comes to any cropping – which ever county you are in.