Ditches

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The conservation area abounds with natural springs - there are several fairly obvious ones that feed the cistern and ornamental pond, and many more that create boggy areas. Particularly to the Northwest of the site, where there is a natural downhill gradient, a series of drainage ditches has been dug to keep the top layers of the soil dry enough to grow timber. Some of these ditches are reputed to date from the Middle Ages and some evidence of ancient woodland management is still visible in the area. Adjacent to the site is the Elizabethan moat at Manor Farm, which is also fed by the springs and drainage ditches.

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The conservation area is located on land owned by the University of Southampton, behind Chilworth Manor Hotel.

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Take a look at our photo gallery for a range of photos from the Chilworth Conservation area.

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