(Above and below) typical meadow flora © Steve Bond
Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) is looking for volunteers to take part in a ‘mass planting’ of wild flowers in Bridport, as part of a plan to recreate the colour and diversity of the county’s stunning and colourful Coronation Meadow, Lady’s Mead, in west Dorset.
Volunteers have grown wild flower plugs from seed harvested from Lady’s Mead and these are now ready to transplant to Asker Meadows in Bridport. The planting is taking place on Thursday 26th March and Saturday 4th April and welcomes everyone to join in. No experience is necessary.
Asker Meadows is the perfect site to create a new wild flower meadow
Nick Gray, DWT Conservation Officer leading the Dorset Coronation Meadows project said, “Kingcombe Meadows is a glorious place brimming with a huge diversity of wild flowers and the insects that feast on their pollen and nectar. Walking through Lady’s Mead in the summer, you can hear grasshoppers jumping between the tell-tale seed pods of yellow rattle and see the many butterflies attracted by the irresistible flowers of knapweed and oxeye daisy. Bridport Town Council’s Asker Meadows Nature Reserve, with its excellent access, sympathetic management and grazing livestock is the ideal receptor site to create a buzzing and thriving meadow.”
Coronation Meadows created to celebrate the Queen's coronation
The Coronation Meadows project, supported by the Biffa Award Landfill Community Fund, began in 2012 with a call from The Prince of Wales for the creation of new wild flower meadows, at least one in every county, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.
97% of our wild flower meadows have been lost in the last 75 years
This came in response to the news that we have lost 97% of our wild flower meadows in the last 75 years. Sixty Coronation Meadows were selected, including west Dorset’s Lady’s Mead at DWT’s Kingcombe Meadows nature reserve. This project will celebrate these surviving meadows and use their valuable seed to create new species-rich sites.
Get involved and find out more...
For location details and further information please contact Nick Gray on 07824 438974 or email . To find out more about Coronation Meadows visit the Coronation Meadows webiste.
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 25,000 members and over 40 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows and Brownsea Island Nature Reserves, The Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas.