Isles of Scilly - AONB

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Porth Hellick, St Mary's

Rocky Coast with Heathland

Key Features:

– Narrow strip of land backing rocky coastline.

– Lower, smaller and less exposed that the headland heaths.

– Often adjacent to managed agricultural land and therefore do not evoke a strong sense a wilderness and isolation.

– Predominantly unenclosed but occasionally with small enclosed fields isolated from the larger blocks of farm land in the Islands’ interior.

– Enclosed fields are often abandoned and are a reminder of a previously more extensive agricultural economy.

– Footpaths provide access around the coastline

– Rich in archaeological sites.

On St Mary’s the north-eastern edge includes pine shelterbelts dating from the 19th┬ácentury and more recent plantations designed to shelter the farmed interior.

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