A culmination of over a year in planning, the Weald Meadows Group developed and ran a successful exhibition to celebrate the biodiversity and cultural heritage of flower rich grasslands in the Weald of Sussex. The exhibition was supported and hosted by The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Wakehurst Place from May – Oct 2009.
Well received, the exhibition panels were designed from durable materials and the Weald Meadows Group had always intended the panels (and oral history) to move on from RBG Kew Wakehurst to other local venues, to continue the celebration of the fragility, management and beauty, of our traditional meadows.
The panels moved onto a well known Weald Meadows site – The Beech Estate into the refurbished Bunces Barn during 2010. The colourful panels mounted on chains nestled perfectly amongst the rustic wood panel setting. The panels were appreciated by many on summer estate walks, organised and run by Beech Estates Manager, Keith Datchler OBE.
The following year with Keith’s and Weald Meadows support, the panels moved once again onto the wonderful and underappreciated High Beeches Meadows & Gardens. They provided an attractive backdrop nestled in the coach house, to the well received ‘Wild Flower Meadow weekend’ in June 2011. The panels remained there following the event in safe dry store over the winter.
Meanwhile in the busy summer of 2011 with Keith – The Beech Estate, WMNN and partners Agrifactors, we supported the wild harvest and direct sowing of new meadow areas around The Linklater Pavilion. John Parry showed enormous enthusiasm to display the attractive panels and early in 2012 they moved on. They were displayed and seen by over 1000 people in June 2012, provided a key focal backdrop for the Naturegain Railway Land Festival supported and attended by WMNN.
Following emails from WMNN officer, Dawn Brickwood, the panels live again and have found their way to their 4th home thanks to the kind support of Mid Sussex District Council. They can be seen this autumn and winter at Beech Hurst (pictured).
If you missed your chance to see the Vanishing Meadows display at any of the above venues then now is your chance to see them. For more information on Beech Hurst near Hayward Heath please link to Mid Sussex Web Site.
TQ323238 or Address: BEECH HURST, BUTLERS GREEN ROAD, HAYWARDS HEATH, WEST SUSSEX
For more information or to offer a home to this colourful exhibition in the future please contact Dawn Brickwood at: firstname.lastname@example.org