F is for… Feannagan

Feannagan or ‘lazybeds’ at Liceasto, Bays of Harris

These characteristic features allow crops to be grown in the thin soil and damp conditions of the Western Isles. The wide ridges provide depth whilst the narrow furrows give drainage. In this example there is a herringbone pattern with a central ‘spinal’ stream taking excess water to the loch below.

Further reading: http://thecroft.wordpress.com/2008/07/06/lazy-beds/

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