The Horsefield, My Edgeland
Edgelands are luminal spaces that are found both within our towns and cities and around their edges, dividing the urban from the rural world. They are often common ground and accessible to people for walking, exploration, exercise and micro-adventures. The term ‘Edgelands’ was first coined by Marion Shoard, writer and campaigner, in 2002, to cover the disorganised but often fertile hinterland between planned town and over-managed country. Paul Farley and Michael Symmons Roberts wrote about the subject in their 2011 book Edgelands: Journeys into England’s True Wildernesses. Later, in 2015, Rob Cowan writes of his experiences in his ‘own’ edgeland on the outskirts of Harrogate in his book Common Ground. I, too, have my own local edgeland, five minutes walk from my home on the edge of urban Grimsby. It is known locally as ‘The Horsefield’ on account of the travellers horses that are tethered there. It borders allotments, cemetery, one of the main access routes into the town and farmland. It is a place where I walk, run, watch wildlife and photograph.