The Fens & Croyland monastery

The Fens is a very flat area where people struggled for 2000 years to drain the land so it can be put to productive use. The Romans made the first efforts, then a Dutch man (Cornelius Vermuyden) tried with some success in the 17th Century, then finally in the 19th Century a lasting solution after the steam engine allowed the water to be pumped out properly.

There is a lot of stuff growing there now – I saw cauliflower, spinachy stuff, oats, wheat, etc…

spinachy stuff growing in the Fens

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