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Suzie

What exactly does an acre look like?

I apologise for the stupidity of this question in advance but can anyone give me a visual image comparison for how big an acre is? I've tried googling for this but all I can get are equivalent measurements in metres/yards/square feet etc which is fine but I need to be able to visually relate these to something tangible Embarassed
Suzie
Nick

Do you know how big a football pitch is? An acre is a small, full sized one of them. A hectare is a big, full sized one.

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Visualising land areas is not easy without experience and practice. But if you need to, it can be a help to think in terms of football pitches.
In English Association Football the rules state that the pitch must be between 50 and 100 yards wide, and between 100 and 130 yards long (with length greater than breadth, so that it is oblong in shape). This big variation (by coincidence) means that the smallest possible pitch is almost exactly 1 acre in size; while the largest is almost exactly 1 hectare in size. Small pitches are those usually crowded onto school playing-fields, while the large pitches are those on which international matches are played.
Of course you can do something similiar with any existing piece of land with which you might be familiar (Baseball diamond, hockey pitch etc.) but will need to find the official sizes and do a few sums.


http://www.cleavebooks.co.uk/dictunit/notes.htm
Rob R

****** football pitches; on the news it is always football pitches, or Wales Laughing
Treacodactyl

If I've worked it out correctly it's about 15.5 full sized double tennis courts, i.e. the bit the ball can land in.
Bernie66

Single or doubles? Smile
Beckyess

I think it's 209 feet square!
Becky
JB

about the size of 16 traditional allotments, or 32 modern allotments
wellington womble

I always think of it as a small field, but have no idea how accurate it is. A large field is five acres, and a silly huge mechanised one is 20 plus. That's probably no help at all. It's also very rough and tied up with the size of the surrounding fields here!

What's also probably no help is the official (well, historical!) measure that an acre is the area a man and a team of two oxen can plough in a day.

I'd stick to fooball pitches! Laughing
Beckyess

Or the length of 2 blue whales Mr. Green
Becky
Rob R

wellington womble wrote:
I always think of it as a small field, but have no idea how accurate it is. A large field is five acres, and a silly huge mechanised one is 20 plus. That's probably no help at all. It's also very rough and tied up with the size of the surrounding fields here!


That's a paddock, a small field & a large field. Laughing My dad's little paddock is two acres, if that's any good to you. And my grazing pastures are about equal at 5 acres each. The two hay meadows put together are 20 acres.
wellington womble

Yup - works in my brain!
SheepShed

Wales is about 4,942,115 acres, so just imagine an area roughly one five millionth the size of Wales. Does that help ?

Or have a look at http://cockeyed.com/inside/acre/acre_photos.html which has some photos.
tahir

SheepShed wrote:
just imagine an area roughly one five millionth the size of Wales.


That works for me Laughing
dpack

a little smaller than a medium sized carpark
Suzie

Oh wow! Thank you all for your "visual" comparisons and apologies for not replying earlier.

A football field - yep can definitely relate to that one with 2 sports mad teenage boys (I even had to attend the referee training courses!)
Allotments, small fields disguised as paddocks, small car parks, blue whales, a1/5000000 sized piece of Wales (must be my nan's part) - they get better and better Very Happy.

I knew I should have just asked you lot straight away instead of Google. Now I know what I'm looking for when searching for property. It will make sizing up a lot more fun Very Happy
Thanks again
Suzie
Anna-marie

I'm glad to hear that it helped you, Suzie. Smile

Because I am absolutely, totally, confused Surprised Confused Embarassed Rolling Eyes

Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
VSS

60 yard x 60 yards.

Not very good at metric.

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