I heard the expression Nature abhors a vacuum (which is attributed to Aristotle) countless times during my childhood in the context of plants filling bare earth.
When the activities of workers left plant-free space at two locations in this diverse parish, I wondered whether any of the plant-life would be lost.
The first, previously overgrown with sea mayweed, sea radish and other hardy salt-tolerant plants, was near the sea-defences, which had been improved using heavy plant – the yellow metal sort! In a few months plants have begun to recolonise the area.
The second was in an arable field, where the newly ploughed area extended into what had been a wildflower area next to the path. The field pansies and other annual plants reappeared along the edge and among the growing crop of barley.