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Improved Grassland

Land capable of supporting Improved Grassland (Class 5.1 to Class 5.3)

Map of Improved Grassland Areas
Distribution of land capable of supporting grassland in Scotland which covers 1,405,700 hectares or 18 per cent of Scotland's land area.

Land in this class has the potential for use as improved grassland. A range of different limitation types, either operating singly or in combination, can restrict the land capability to this class. These limitations include climate, slope, wetness, and often a heterogeneous pattern of conditions that render even occasional cultivation unsuitable. Land which has had this potential for improvement exploited is much more productive than land which remains in its unimproved state.

Hilly land
Land limited to grass production by slope limitations

Learning & Resources


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