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The Field Project

The Field was a 13 acre area of ancient woodland and grassland located 1 mile north of Stansted Airport, Essex.

Richard Houguez ArcHive at The Field 
Richard Houguez's ArcHive at The Field. Photo by Bridget McKenzie

Participants were invited to join us for
  • monthly conservation days (usually the 3rd Sunday of the month)
  • green wood working
  • traditional woodland and grassland management - including using scythes, laying hedges, dead-hedging
There were allotments, an apiary and an orchard. We tried to manage it all without pesticides or herbicides and using pre-industrial technology (no power tools). That doesn't always work out, as our blog demonstrates.

moot point at The Field
Moot Point at The Field. Photo by Bridget McKenzie 

Throughout The Field project we were particularly interested in creating access for urbanites to wild green spaces where they can light fires and chop down trees. We hoped to encourage an understanding that preserving the biodiversity of animals and plants benefits us all, even when they are creepy and scary or seemingly boring and pointless.
We feel that we need to put effort into affording city people, and especially the children of cities, access to the countryside so that they may understand why it is worth preserving, globally.

peacock caterpillar


For those who enjoy reading academic articles, more information about The Field can be found in:

Living Beings: Perspectives on Interspecies Engagements

and an article in Ethnos

The Field | The exhibition 2017

charles hustiwck artwork screening of Tall Stories Cannibal Forks

visitors and participants of the field

a piece of the field, a fruit bush, visits the exhibition about the field

Charles Hustwick Field Medal georgina amos contribution

charles hustwick drawing of allotments
Charles Hustwick sketch of allotments

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