TL8296 : Environmental headland alongside potato crop in STANTA

taken 5 months ago, near to Bodney, Norfolk, Great Britain

Environmental headland alongside potato crop in STANTA
Environmental headland alongside potato crop in STANTA
STANTA stands for STANford Training Area situated roughly TL 8495.
The area was established in 1942 when a battle training area was required and a 'Nazi village' established. Military exercises were already taking place in the area; tanks had deployed to Thetford in the First World War. The complete takeover involved the complete evacuation of the villages of Buckenham Tofts, Langford, Stanford, Sturston, Tottington and West Tofts. The occupants of the houses were all rehoused in the belief that they would be allowed to return after the war. However the site was so valuable to the military that they have taken up permanent occupancy.
The area was used during the run-up to the D-Day invasion and since then has hosted many exercises.
The battle area includes four historic churches; the one at West Tofts was restored by Pugin and a new "church" forms part of the specially constructed village of Eastmere. Eastmere was originally built to give soldiers experience of fighting on the northern European plains.
There is a short landing strip for Harrier aircraft at TL 8332 9704
As a live firing area, access is not allowed without special permission from the Army. In the main this is limited to a number of tours a year and compassionate grounds for former residents of the villages or their relatives.
The area forms part of the distinctive Breckland landscape region, a gorse-covered sandy heath which offers poor agricultural opportunities but farms are still active and sheep graze within its confines. Arguably, its use as a military training area has safeguarded a substantial archaeological landscape. It is the home of a wealth of rare species of flora and fauna already lost in other parts of the country. Parts of the training area are designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
The battle area was used in the filming of many of the episodes of the TV comedy series, Dad's Army.


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TL8296, 43 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Friday, 7 June, 2019   (more nearby)
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Friday, 7 June, 2019
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening  Defence, Military 
Primary Subject of Photo
Flora 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 8228 9697 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:32.4043N 0:41.1837E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 8227 9683
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