hampshire meadow National Meadows Day is only in its second year, but these rich and insect diverse habitats need all the protection and celebration we can afford them. Where once every parish had a wild flower meadow, now only 2% of the area covered in the 1930’s remains. What has survived is often fragmented and under threat. Perhaps that’s why in recent years there’s been a growing enthusiasm for meadows and wild flower planting schemes in our gardens, as a way of promoting these beautiful habitats and holding onto a little piece of their magic in our smaller plots at home.

Save Our Magnificent Meadows‘, is a national partnership working together to improve the conservation and awareness of our meadow environments. They’re promoting a range of great events and activities happening on 2nd July to help people learn more about them.

So, if you’d like to find out more about meadows, see below for events and workshops.

buttercupSussex Wildlife Trust: Wild Flower Meadows – Creation, Management & Enjoyment – 17th June, 10am – 4.30pm. Woodlands Farm Cottage, Adversane, Billingshurst, West Sussex, RH14 9HG. £30 members/ £42 non members. See the link above for booking details.

Surrey Wildlife Trust: Wild Flower Identification – Chalk Grasslands – 19th July, 1pm – 4pm. St. Paul’s Church Hall, Cheam, Surrey, SM2 7HS. £20 members/ £25 non-members. See the link above for booking details.

Hampshire Wildlife Trust: Wild Flower Identification for Improvers – 1st July, 10am – 3pm. Broughton Down, Broughton Village, Hampshire, SO20 8DA. £50. See the link above for booking details.

For more information on establishing your own patch of meadow see the RHS link on establishing wildflower meadows.