The Marlborough Downs are a subset of the North Wessex Downs. The North Wessex Downs are the creation of some faceless, nameless, bureaucrat collecting together as a group downland better known by their local names such as the Berkshire Downs, White Horse Hills, Lambourne Downs, Marlborough Downs, Vale of Pewsey and Savernake Forest. A collective name was needed to collect them all for ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ status.
The rolling hills are primarily chalk and, where the slopes are not too steep, are cultivated for various arable crops. The steeper hills are usually the preserves of sheep and cows.
The copse in this photo stands on the track from Aldbourne to Upham. Small stands of trees like this are common across the downlands.
Judging by the shadows, this is a morning photo. Below is a color version.