Rays Bottom Scrubland Project

This is an area of scrub alongside Liverpool Road. It was farmed as part of the adjacent Rays Bottom field but was subject to periodic flooding, creating problems for the adjacent houses, caused primarily by the pressure from the subsurface flow along the dry valley raising the water level to the surface.

Photos show the area when it was flooded in October 1981 and the area as at 2013. Because of the flooding problem, this section of land was transferred from the tenant farmer back to the Leith estate c 1983.

It has been left alone since then and is an interesting example of how plants and shrubs colonize an area. An ecologist has agreed to survey and do a study to determine the colonization species.


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