Category Archives: meadow creation

The Olympic Meadows legacy – what can we do for meadows?

This summer has been all about meadows – their beautiful flowers, the nectar-rich food they provide for our bumblebees, butterflies and moths, and the larder and habitat they provide for many of our most endearing mammals and birds – hares, … Continue reading

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Landscape Launch of the UK Native Seed Hub at Wakehurst Place, RBG Kew

The Grasslands Trust (TGT) – Weald Meadows Nectar Networks (WMNN) are delighted to be a part of this week’s celebratory opening of the main production beds of the UK Native Seed Hub.  Set in beautiful High Weald Area of Outstanding … Continue reading

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Nurturing newly created grasslands to maturity

Today I’m joining other grassland conservation people in Oxfordshire to test some new methods for working out when a newly created chalk downland qualifies as “priority habitat”. You might think is somewhat esoteric but it is important that we know … Continue reading

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Pictorial Mix

What’s in a name? The debate continues surrounding headline grabbing ‘Pictorial Meadows’, the invention of Nigel Dunnett professor of planting design in the landscape department of Sheffield University. It’s an adaptation of a cornfield full of annual “weeds”, without the … Continue reading

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Rainy Days

So…… plans for my mini meadow are not going well at all!!!  Where the weather has been so bad since my last blog, it just hasn’t been feasible to even start – and now thanks to a broken boiler I’m … Continue reading

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The wettest drought

It has been an extraordinary year of weather so far, there’s no doubt about it. After 3 very dry months here in Dorchester, our rivers like the Stour, the Avon and Piddle were showing record low flows at the end … Continue reading

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What’s in a name 2: Wild about Wildflowers – or are they weeds?

We met up with friends yesterday for a pub lunch which was great and afterwards, as the soft April rain returned for the 6th day in a row, visited the millennium green in the village where we had eaten. It … Continue reading

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