PHOTOS of Kendal's Strawberry field and its wildlife  -  Henry Adams                              
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View of Kendal Straberry Field

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LOCATION:  Kendal's Strawberry field (part of Oxenholme Farm - managed by Christine Bell) is located in a green gap between Kendal and Oxenholme, a few tens of metres downhill from Oxenholme Station (west coast mainline) - on SE side of Kendal, Cumbria, UK.
LAND USE:  A "pick your own" fruit & veg field: open to the public for picking from around start of July onwards, for e.g. strawberries, gooseberries, blackcurrants, raspberries, potatoes etc. Christine Bell has a good regard for wildlife in the way she manages this field.
Bands of beautiful blue Phacelia tanacetifolia annuals are sown to provide 'green manure'. The are dug in to enrich the soil, slightly later than ideal for this purpose so that the flowers can provide food for numerous bees - mainly bumblebees, and other beneficial insects.
A variety of wild flower species provide added colours and interest.
In Spring-early Summer the field is a breeding site for lapwings and other waders (eg oystercatchers) which like the open ground with good all-round visibility.
Pickers come here not just from locally (e.g. Kendal, Sedbergh) but also from further afield (e.g. as far as Preston - maybe as it is a beautiful location), and some tell me they have come here for many years and would hate to see the site developed. They often come as a family - and clearly enjoy the activity.

LANDSCAPE QUALITY:  The Strawberry field has been referred to as an urban landscape of low landscape quality and low interest by reports and statements to/by the local government Councils. After looking at these photos do you agree with them? The Councils, developers and absentee owner favour this area to be built over - except e.g. for part of the drumlin. Maybe by "urban landscape" they are describing what they want the area to be rather than what it is now? There has often been a downplay and/or omission of evidence (including the "awkward" fact that this field has for a great many years been a breeding site for lapwings).

THREATS: Housing threatens the Northern quarter of the Strawberry field, but the main threat is this: Kendal Rugby Club obtained planning permission to build over much of the Strawberry field (a large car-park, 2-storey club-house etc.), but cannot start until they sell their existing site along Shap Road for development. Sainsbury's wish to build a supermarket on the Rugby Club's present site. Would you prefer another supermarket, for increased consumer choice which you have to pay for, or would you prefer both the existing supermarkets as well as the wildlife on this site - which you can enjoy for free? Is there more of value to life than the the stuff you can buy?     (to feed the altar of 'growth' prioritized by Chancellor Osborne and Councillor Brook)

Such as - appreciating the intrinsic value of wildlife and views for free?

I hope these photos help you to make your choice. Why not write to SLDC: NO to the Sainsbury's supermarket: we don't need it, and it will threaten local shops in the town centre and increase Kendal's traffic (focus on those points, as the Council will give less regard to the strawberry field) [help for you HERE].

1 minute video clip of Kendal's Strawberry field lapwings by Dave Weatherley
 - inspiring. I hope Dave films the tumbling display too some time.


I have numerous photos of the Strawberry field and its wildlife - these are just a few.
This collection was photographed on 7th July 2013:

Looking NW towards Kendal, with the Lake District hills beyond

KSF looking NW towards Kendal

Now zooming in:

KSW - zoom

Phacelia tanacetifolia - an amazing multi-purpose annual plant - grown as green manure - and also to feed bees and beneficial insects
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View of Kendal Strawberry field

Bee visiting Phacelia tanacetifolia flowers in Kendal's Strawberry field

When I took this photo the area was humming with thousands of bees - mostly bumblebees.
Possibly the densest concentration of bumblebees in an around Kendal.
This is not a bumblebee - it looks more like a honey bee:

KSF bee visiting flower

Potato plants in flower

Kendal Strawberry Field - potato flowers

The sedge Carex pallescens in the Strawberry field

Carex pallescens in Kendal's Strawberry field

"Weeds" can look good - like these sticky spurrey

"weeds" can look good

This Lapwing photo, unlike all the other photos here, was not taken on Kendal's strawberry field, but from the front of the British Trust for
Ornithology's Breeding Bird Survey report for 2011, which contained useful information on the lapwing's population (see my 'slide talk' at
the inquiry
for charts and summary data from this)


Picture of Strawberry field from my slide-talk for the Inquiry in 2013


More photos to add when I've time!

There are also photos in my submission to the recent Inquiry Inspectorate and my submissions in previous years to SLDC Planning consultations e.g. re Land Allocations.


My December 2011 submission to SLDC Planning re extension of planning  permission time condition for developing much of the Strawberry field for Rugby club / night club / parking facilities

My April 2011 submission to SLDC Planning (here as 2 pdfs) contains some relevant photos:

Green Gap & Strawberry field:        The Kendal-Oxenholme Green Gap (R120, ON1, M2M, RN133M) 

Green Gap & Strawberry field (more photos):      R120, ON1, RN133M, M2M: Panorama from The Helm, showing the landscape importance of the Kendal-Oxenholme Green Gap

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