The Land Trust goes wild for wildflowers on National Meadows Day 2017

29th June 2017

We're taking part in National Meadows Day on Saturday 1st July to highlight the importance of the country’s wild and wonderful habitats.

We manages over 278 hectares of wildflower meadows at dozens of sites across the UK. In its own way, each one supports local populations of native pollinators such as butterflies and bees, and provides a home and food source for a wide variety of insects, small mammals and even reptiles.

Notable wildflower areas managed by the Land Trust include:

  • Multiple meadow areas across Warrington, including roadside verges
  • Wellesley Woodlands in Aldershot, where a new meadow is being created out of a former tennis court
  • Canvey Wick Nature Reserve, a brownfield site that has become one of the best grasslands in Britain for endangered invertebrates
  • Port Sunlight River Park in Wirral, a site of special protection on former landfill
  • Haig, part of the Colourful Coast and boasting clifftop meadows
  • Hassall Green, a two hectare closed site which is fast becoming a wildflower haven
  • Northumberlandia, where areas around the human landform sculpture are left to grow as wild grasslands
  • Langdon Lake and Meadow in Essex, which is home to the Grizzled skipper and many other butterflies, as well as grazing livestock

Many of the Land Trust sites were former coalfield, landfill or industrial sites and sustainable management by the charity and our partners has seen them transform into vibrant and beautiful community and wildlife spaces.

The Land Trust is encouraging people to celebrate National Meadows Day by heading out for a walk in their local meadow, grassland or wildflower area and taking time to appreciate the natural space.

Alan Carter, Director of Portfolio Management at the Land Trust, said: “From road verges and garden corners to emerging grasslands and established meadows, there’s wildflower wonder all around us.

“We’d encourage everyone to make time to get out and about to appreciate their nearest green open space, and do their bit for pollinators by planting some wildflowers in their own garden.”

The Land Trust has created a series of walks around many of its sites, with several taking in meadows and grasslands along the way. Maps are available at: http://thelandtrust.org.uk/publication_type/walking-routes/


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Corn chamomile, corn flowers and field poppies at Haig. Copyright Chris Gomersall.

The Nordic walking here is great for getting you fit. We do a three mile route through the woodlands and you feel top of the world when you've finished.

Tom and Jean, Bentley Community Woodlands

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