Potato Patches

Potato Patches, also known as Patches Plain or, colloqually, The Patches, is an agricultural area and uninhabited rural settlement in Tristan da Cunha, in Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, an overseas territory of the United Kingdom, in the South Atlantic Ocean.[2]

Potato Patches
Patches Plain
Rural houses in Potato Patches
Rural houses in Potato Patches
Location on Tristan da Cunha
Coordinates: 37°5′22.1″S 12°20′2.5″W / 37.089472°S 12.334028°W / -37.089472; -12.334028Coordinates: 37°5′22.1″S 12°20′2.5″W / 37.089472°S 12.334028°W / -37.089472; -12.334028
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
British overseas territory Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
Island Tristan da Cunha
MunicipalityEdinburgh of the Seven Seas
 • Total0[1]
Time zoneUTC+0 (GMT)
Area code+44
An agricultural field of Potato Patches


The plain has been used for agricultural purposes since the 1860s.


Potato Patches lies 3.7 km southwest of Edinburgh of the Seven Seas and represents the largest plain of Tristan da Cunha island. For this reason the area is used by the local population as an agricultural area, the largest on the island. It is composed of various cultivated plots, hence the name, and some scattered rural farmhouses, from the coast to the M1 road.

The field is composed of irregularly arranged beds. In the beds, which are surrounded by walls to protect them from the weather, mainly potatoes and other vegetables have been planted for self-sufficiency for about 160 years. Every family on the island has their own fields that they cultivate themselves.[2]

The plain spans from Spring Gulch to Big Sandy Gulch, next to the Boatharbour Bay and the hill of Hillpiece, on the slopes of Queen Mary's Peak (2,062 m), a volcano and the summit of the island. It is crossed by Walsh Gulch, who separes the southern plots from the other ones. To the south of Spring Gulch is located Runaway Beach, home of the island's rock pools.[3]


There is one road, the M1, which connects the Patches with Edinburgh of the Seven Seas, and is used by the few private cars on the island.[4] A bus service called "Potato Patches Flier" (using a 24-seat Isuzu mini school bus from South Africa[5]) is available to pensioners in town to travel to places around the island.[6]

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  1. ^ Note: uninhabited settlement. The farmhouses are used for agricultural purposes by the population of Edinburgh of the Seven Seas
  2. ^ a b Potato Patches in the official website of Tristan da Cunha
  3. ^ 157710745 Potato Patches on OpenStreetMap
  4. ^ "Tristan da Cunha Visitor Excursions". Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  5. ^ "The Tristan Times Newspaper – News from Tristan da Cunha". Archived from the original on 31 October 2014. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  6. ^ "Tristan da Cunha Land Transport News". Retrieved 30 January 2016.

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