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Large Fry meets Small Fry? (A Coronation Meadows & WMP Update!)

In 2012, Plantlife published Our Vanishing Flora, a report highlighting the loss of wild flowers from individual counties across Great Britain since the Coronation. In his foreword for the report, their Patron, HRH The Prince of Wales called for the creation of new wild flower meadows, at least one in every county, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Coronation.

Weald Meadows Partnership (WMP) &  the High Weald Landscape Trust (HWLT) were there at the outset – to support the 2013 launch of the Coronation Meadows Project, practically supporting how this super vison would be put in place, with the overarching and formal project partners.

Three counties were supported with data and background supplied by the WMP; to include East & West Sussex and Surreys Donor meadows – or three of the 60 Coronation Meadows.

From this WMP sought to enable, or to physically wild harvest and provide a supply of green seed from these donor meadows to all three counties and more. The results from our work alone included two donor sites / or new meadows in East Sussex, two in West Sussex  (one at Wakehurst – which features many areas also in receipt of Weald Native Origin Seed – see https://www.kew.org/wakehurst/whats-at-wakehurst/coronation-meadow, one in Surrey and one famously at Green Park in London!  In September 2016 HRH The Prince of Wales helped to seed this area, the 90th Coronation Meadow in central London in celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday, it is christened The Queen’s Meadow!

All sites re-visited by me in 2019 show an average increase in the number of species from pre enhancement work of from 5 to well over 30 species on some sites!

A result and the hope is that additional funding may arise to support the continuation of the Coronation Meadows Project which has resulted in over 400 ha of new meadow creation in a little over four years.

A great achievement but over the years, WMP (96 -2019) located in a small corner of the South East England has created and enhanced well over 1300 ha of new meadows – using 5.7 tonnes sustainably wild harvested Weald Native Origin Seed  ! 

2019/20 results have yet to be filed but what a result so far – watch this space……. 

WMP Harvesting and A Wealden Meadow

 

 

Meat – A Balanced Diet

Increasingly there is concern over greenhouse gases and that (our precious) grazing animals are contributing to this. Late last year I read a great summary in the Floodplain Meadows News – If you have not seen it I would recommend attached for interest! FMP_News_MeatBalancedDiet_Extract

Sussex Lund Fund!

Grants of up to £10,000 available to conserve and improve High Weald landscape Sussex Lund, the grant programme of High Weald residents Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, has opened for applications. Sussex Lund supports small-scale, practical projects that improve the landscape of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Since it launched inContinue Reading

New High Weald Grassland Management Questionnaire

Please do fill in the High Weald Grassland Management Questionnaire! Visit http://www.highweald.org/grassland-questionnaire Background:  The High Weald is a known refuge for species-rich grassland and the area is well placed to benefit from future government investment in it as a ‘public good’. However, we are aware that land managers need more support to manage and restore these grasslands.Continue Reading

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

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