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Comparing Land-Use patterns between Rural and Urban areas.

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Comparing Land-Use patterns between Rural and Urban areas. Land use: ''any purpose for which land is used for human activity. Such uses can be divided into rural-agricultural, forestry, settlement, recreational space or urban-housing, industry, commercial'' During this investigation I will be comparing the land use patterns between Piddle Valle and Northwood, and then discussing the generalisations drawn between urban and rural land use. This investigation has indicated that Northwood is an urban area and Piddle Valley a rural area, due to their different land use patterns. Piddle Valley for instance is the name of a small village situated in the rural part of Dorset, south of England and follows a linear and almost nucleated settlement pattern. ...read more.

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Although there are only a few services present here, such as a post office, church, pub and car parks, there is a nearby main road, which connects Piddle Valley to larger urban settlements. Northwood in comparison has a lot of services and influences from larger urban settlements, such as numerous retail store/shops, car parks, variety of transport links, (rail, buses), restaurants, post office etc. Moreover, Northwood's main land use pattern is made up of residential areas and buildings, which follow nucleated pattern around the main services area. Whereas Piddle Valley is largely a rural area with few houses and buildings and it land use are mainly open fields. Urban Land Use As towns grow, the different functions that they perform tend to separate out into different areas. ...read more.

Conclusion

Rural Land Use The land use patterns in rural areas tend to be extremely remote with rural features such as agriculture, forestry, recreational space and small settlements. Farm names often give clues to what is produced, this gives us an idea of the land quality. However some rural settlements have urban influences, usually as a result of their location or what industry is present, e.g. along coastlines, tourism. With rural areas they tend to be two main types of settlement present, nucleated and dispersed settlement. The main land use as we know is farming, arable farming is more likely to be present in nucleated settlements as farmers do not need to tend to their crop all the time. Whilst pastoral farming is present at dispersed settlements, where farmers tend to their livestock in large, unpopulated areas. Kashif Quraishy 12P2 Land Uses ...read more.

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