Wiltshire Wildlife Trust is inviting people to help collect seeds at its Blakehill Farm Nature Reserve, near Cricklade, on Sunday 13 September between 10am and 3pm, as part of the Save Our Magnificent Meadows project.
Blakehill was formerly a military airfield. The Trust is turning it back into wildflower-rich hay meadow and pasture. At 240 hectares it is one of the largest grassland restoration projects in the country. The project is going well with areas already full of flowers. We want to collect seeds from these areas so that we can spread them to other areas on the site. No experience is needed, just a desire to spend a day out in the meadows. We will be selling seeds from our Clattinger Farm meadows on the day, so you can have a go at creating a meadow at home.
“This will be an opportunity for people to enjoy a day out in the meadows and do something useful to help us spread flowers to new areas, creating more meadows,” said Trust estates worker Sue Sawyer.
The UK’s wildflower meadows are vanishing and with them our native flowers and the wildlife reliant on them. Last summer, a remarkable national project started to reverse this trend and to save flower-rich grassland.
Save Our Magnificent Meadows is the UK’s largest partnership project transforming the fortunes of our vanishing wildflower meadows, grasslands and wildlife. Led by Plantlife, the partnership is made up of 11 organisations, including Wiltshire Wildlife Trust and is primarily funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Further details can be found at www.magnificentmeadows.org.uk
Anyone attending the seed harvesting should wear clothes suitable for the weather and bring a picnic. The Trust will provide tea, coffee and biscuits. Children are welcome, but under-16s need to be accompanied by an adult.