Author Archives: Dawn Brickwood

Creating & Managing Wildflower Grassland – 4th July 2018

This half day training course introduces the basic principles and practical techniques involved in creating and enhancing small wildflower meadow areas. The course content will cover species selection, seed collecting, producing plant plugs, site preparation, control of weed species, and on-going management requirements.
This course is ideal for landowners who are planning to create a small patch of wildflower grassland or want to enhance existing grassland to improve its botanical value and visual appearance.
Iain Parkinson is the Conservation and Collections Manager at Wakehurst, Kew’s wild botanic garden and he is currently on secondment to the High Weald AONB Partnership. Iain will present the historic value of the meadows landscape and give you practical guidance on a range of techniques for creating, enhancing and restoring meadow grasslands.
Dawn Brickwood was the project officer for the very successful Weald Meadows Initiative (now WMP&S) and to be involved in meadow consultancy as part of the Coronation Meadow Scheme.
Agenda:
2pm: Arrivals and registration
2:15pm: An illustrated talk covering the history and cultural importance of meadow landscapes and their current conservation status using a number of case studies to illustrate restoration and management techniques.
2:45pm: Refreshment break
3.00pm: Site visit to assess appropriate species selection, identifying key species, seed collecting techniques, weed control, wildflower plant plug production and planting techniques, and on-going management requirements.
4.30pm Depart
Directions ot Bunces Barn will be sent to you nearer to the event date. Please ensure you have practical clothing and footwear.

Please book via events page

Grasses – lovely grasses!

A quick post to say there is a lovely new recording sheet out there for novice hunters   A grass is not just a grass and what you have is sometimes key to what you may have in the future! Take a look : Start to Identify Grasses @ £3.50            Continue Reading

National Meadows Day – 1st July Events

Well we approach that special day where meadows are celebrated – What will you be doing on Saturday the 1st July? In Sussex you could go on; a guided walk in Pycombe or BioBittz in the East of Sussex. Or BioBlitz at Pulborough Brooks; feel the Buzz; or hunt for Minibeasts in West Sussex. In Kent you couldContinue Reading

WMP supplies seed to nominated short haired BB project

The short haired Bumble Bee Project is being nominated for Countryfile Project of the year – thanks in part to seed supplied by the Weald Meadows Partnership! Countryfiles BBC wildlife Magazine editor Sheena is asking for  one of five options for wildlife success of the year stories here Number 5 is the SHORT-HAIRED BUMBLEBEE The lossContinue Reading

Battle Wildflowers

Keith Datchler OBE, HIgh Weald Landscape Trust and local resident is now involved with Battle Town Council and Highways to help support a new venture to promote and request new sites for small wildflower verges and areas. This could then be rolled out to a wider area.  See the full article here. Weald Meadows Partnership were involved withContinue Reading

20 years in the making

Weald Meadows Partnership is in its 20th year! The partnership commenced its pilot seed harvesting programme, way back in summer of 1996. Since this time Agrifactors have returned around £60,000 to ancient Wealden landowners and managers, who have made their meadows available for wild seed harvesting. A big thank you to all our owners and managers whoContinue Reading

Has Your Mower Broken….thanks to WNOS!

Hello All In response to an excellent wildflower creation blog written by Steve Alton, Conservation Officer at Ashdown Forest, I thought a quick news item was in order. The blog and U tube clip of a busy Steve in Outcast Broadcast illustrates the preparation required to achieve the correct recipient conditions necessary for successful wildflower grassland creation.Continue Reading

News Grants to Improve the High Weald

A new grants programme, Sussex Lund, is being launched by Peter Baldwin and Lisbet Rausing, as a collaboration between their charitable fund, Lund, and Sussex Community Foundation. It will support small-scale, practical projects that improve the ecology and landscape of the High Weald. Charities, community groups, schools, churches, councils, farmers, landowners and indeed anyone withContinue Reading

Free Yellow Rattle Seed – 5-7 June @ South of England Show

Weald Meadows Partnership will be at the South of England Show and the first 50 guest each day will receive a free small pack of Weald Native Origin Yellow Rattle Seed. We are located in Block 10 in the Farming and Wildlife Area on Agrifactors Stand – kindly supported by loyal project partner of 18 years, ChrisContinue Reading

WMP – Success at Ardingly’s Spring Show

Spring Show Sun 4th & Mon 5th May 2013 The show season got off to a flying start with the Ardingly Spring Show where Weald Meadows Partnership (Chris Davis-Agrifactors, Keith Datcthler OBE – High Weald Landscape Trust (HWLT) and Dawn Brickwood – Weald Meadows Services)) featured the new Green Seed Web clip, large wildflower troughs andContinue Reading