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.
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

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