This is a joint project being carried out by Beautiful Battle with the support of Rother District Council (who own Kingsmead Meadow) and the High Weald Landscape Trust. The Meadow is situated at the top of Caldbec Hill by the windmill and has extensive views over the valley to Netherfield Hill. It has tremendous historical importance and was the site where Harold’s armies gathered just before the Battle of Hastings on 14th October 1066.
The project’s objective is to create an enhanced wildflower meadow using only local provenance seed and, by employing a more appropriate maintenance regime, to achieve a sustainable environment that will: –
- Increase Biodiversity
- Improve nature conservation and wildlife
- Preserve and maintain natural habitats
- Eliminate the use of pesticides and nitrate fertilisers
- Provide an element of education to all ages who use the site through the provision of interpretation boards/signage etc
To date the Trust has given a grant of £375 and promised a further £1,125 towards the cost of interpretation boards. The Project is ongoing with further support for enhancement and managment in 2011.
See the Beautiful Battle website for more details and news.