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main image Plantiecrues, Foula, Shetland
Plantiecrues were turf and stone walled enclosures, used for for growing cabbages and kail. They were a feature of the Shetland and Orkney landscape, like this example on the remote island of Foula, in 1902.

The walls have a stone foundation, with turf above and further stones laid on top. Additional height is provided by a fence. The space within gradualy rose above ground level with the accumulation of manure.

Plantiecrues were used by tenants and could be built anywhere on the common grazings. A few were still being used in the 1960s. In much earlier times, enclosures like these were also found on the Scottish mainland.

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