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  • Allotment

    A share or portion of land that is allotted to a person, usually used for growing food for the family to eat or cultivating flowers. Allotments were originally for the rural poor, but with the growth of towns in the mid to late 19th century, urban allotments were established for the urban poor.

  • Collection

    A thematic assemblage of plants, artefacts or animals.

  • Designed rural space

    An rural open space, usually in a village or hamlet that has been designed for aesthetic purposes as well as function (often a recreational space).

  • Designed urban space

    An open space in a town or city that has been designed for aesthetic purposes as well as function (often a recreational space).

  • Estate

    A large area of land and the buildings upon it, usually owned by one person, trust, company or institution. Use narrower term where known.

  • Ferme ornee

    A rustic building of picturesque design, often associated with a model farm, country house or estate. Although ornamental in design the building was intended to be functional. The term was used to mean ornamental farm buildings from the 1790s onwards.

  • Funerary site

    An area of ground belonging to a church, often used as a burial ground.

  • Garden

    An enclosed piece of ground devoted to the cultivation of flowers, fruit or vegetables and/or recreational purposes. Use more specific type where known.

  • Managed woodland

    An area of cultivated, managed woodland producing wood which is used for a variety of purposes.

  • Maze

    A puzzle of a confusing and baffling network of winding paths which connect and cross at points, or end in blind alleys. The paths are often bordered by high hedges, tall plants or walls. Some early examples are believed to have had ritual uses. 'Maze' is from a Middle English word that meant dazed or confused. Use more specific type where known. [See also: 'labyrinth']

  • Park

    An enclosed piece of land, generally large in area, used for hunting, the cultivation of trees, for grazing sheep and cattle or visual enjoyment. Use more specific type where known.

  • Plantation

    A group of planted trees or shrubs, generally of uniform age and of a single species.