Wildflowers for the Meadows
Wildflowers for the Meadows works with communities in the Forest of Bowland to enhance our wildflower meadow habitats for bees and other wildlife and create a sustainable future for our wildflowers.
Wildflowers for the Meadows builds on the success of our other wildflower projects in the Forest of Bowland - Bowland Hay Time and Networks for Nectar. So far the Forest of Bowland AONB and Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust have worked with farmers and land owners to restore 100 hectares of wildflower hay meadows since 2012 as well as 30 nectar patches.
Wildflowers for the Meadows is taking this work forwards - providing inspiration, training and resources to enable more people to get involved in looking after our meadows – and in this way we hope to create a sustainable future for our wildflowers.
All of these projects have been made possible thanks to funding from the Lancashire Environmental Fund, for which we are very grateful.
Wildflowers for the Meadows works with six community groups which are each twinned with a nectar patch or meadow nearby. The Lancashire Bee Keepers work at the Crook o’ Lune, while youngsters from Clitheroe primary schools will continue to help improve the meadow at Stephen Park in Gisburn Forest. Chipping in Bloom, Friends of Spring Wood and Friends of Beacon Fell are also involved.
Royal Botanical Gardens
The project is working closely with the Millennium Seed Bank at the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, who have offered to store a 'Bowland meadow seed mix' for posterity, and to grow plants from this for future seed harvesting for the Bowland area.
One in five British wildflower species are under threat. Help save our wildflower meadows and support the hundreds of species of wildlife they are home to.
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