terra incognita

The Field Project

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

wildflowers planting trees 

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.


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 further information about this project please contact us by email info@
info [AT] ti3.org.uk

For those who enjoy reading academic articles, see

Living Beings: Perspectives on Interspecies Engagements

and an article in Ethnos

Link for information about terra incognita arts organisation