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Green and pleasant land? Aerial photos show Norfolk’s brown and dusty fields

PUBLISHED: 12:52 16 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:52 16 July 2018

Norfolk Show Ground, Longwater Retail Park and Queens Hill. Photo: Matt Aldred

Norfolk Show Ground, Longwater Retail Park and Queens Hill. Photo: Matt Aldred

Matt Aldred

Passengers flying into Norwich Airport have been capturing the effect on the countryside of one of the driest Junes on record.

Former RAF Coltishall. Photo: Matt AldredFormer RAF Coltishall. Photo: Matt Aldred

The well-known hymn, Jerusalem may describe England’s green and pleasant land but several weeks without rain have left the region’s fields looking rather brown and dry.

Last week, it was revealed how the dry spell has been helping to uncover the county’s hidden ruins.

Now, the effects of the prolonged dry spell have been captured from the air. Flying into Norwich Airport, Matt Aldred took several images showing Norfolk’s parched fields and well known landmarks including The Royal Norfolk Showground.

According to the Norwich based forecaster Weatherquest, the average rainfall for Norfolk in June is normally 52.9ml, yet this year the county has received just 6.5ml.

Stalham. Photo: Matt AldredStalham. Photo: Matt Aldred

Leading the forecaster to declare it as the driest June since 1962.


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