The Hay Meadow
The Hay Meadow was introduced to encourage the flowering of meadow plants such as Fritillaries, Meadow Craneshill, Campion, Orange Hawksweed and Lesser Knapweed. To achieve this objective has taken painstaking management.
The soil where the meadow is located is very fertile as a result of being used for sewage works and this isn’t a good environment for meadow plants to thrive. Extensive work has been undertaken to reduce the fertility of the meadow and reduce the number of plants which are too competitive against the meadow plants.
The meadow is cut and the grass removed in February and September/October. After February the meadow is not cut until July when a hay crop is taken. This allows the meadow flower seeds to mature, providing the food for the birds and insects and seeds for future plants