Caroline Hanks

Research Evidence Gaps on Meadow Diversity and Grazing Strategy exposed

Jo Riggall’s Grassland Gap talk in February highlighted that grassland is often the poor relation compared with peatland and woodland and this is clearly the case when we look at research evidence about the role of diverse, deep rooted, well rested swards and the ecosystem services they provide in addition to food production. With Environment Agency funding hosted by Herefordshire… Read more →

Landscape Recovery projects in Herefordshire with potential for grassland restoration

DEFRA have announced a list of 34 successful Landscape Recovery Projects. The good news is that there are two in Herefordshire See the DEFRA announcement here: Landscape Recovery: sharing the successful second round projects – Farming ( Both projects contain elements of grassland creation and restoration including floodplain meadow, lowland meadow and wet grassland opportunities. Several Herefordshire Meadows members expressed interest… Read more →

MEADOWS FORUM 2023 – a full house and massive enthusiasm for Diverse Swards

On 23rd September 2023 over 70 people took part in 5th Herefordshire Meadows FORUM, the first since 2020 James Hawkins, Herefordshire Meadows chaired our inaugural AGM as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation and reported on activities since the CIO was formed on 2 March 2022. He also updated us on the many  achievements of group members since the last FORUM in… Read more →

Pasture and Profit in Protected Landscapes – including Wye Valley and Malvern Hills AONBs

Pasture for Life have recently been awarded funding by the Shropshire Hills, Wye Valley and Malvern Hills AONBs to run a free, innovative mentoring and events programme until 2025 for farmers interested in nature friendly or regenerative farming practices. The offer includes: A comprehensive series of on-farm events & webinars across all three regions covering a wide range of topics.… Read more →

Meadow walk at Far House Farm – the power of natural regeneration to restore a mosaic of meadow, pasture, woodland and orchard

The final meadow walk of the season was at Far House Farm, Maescoed on 11th July with many thanks to our hosts and generous Herefordshire Meadows supporters Joanna and Bruce Jenkyn Jones.  We started next to lovely flowery strips of meadow plants beside the drive that were created after nearby building work and were treated to a scything demo there… Read more →

Become a member of Herefordshire Meadows CIO

You will know from recent newsletters and Herefordshire Meadows website how we’ve grown since 2016 from 30 core members to a thriving network of over 550 people.  We are now established as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation and you can read more about us Who we are  What we do  Why we’re here We want to thank everyone who’s working with… Read more →

Towards a strategy for restoring Floodplain Meadows in the Wye Valley –

On 23rd May 2023 27 advisers from 13 organisations working in the Wye Catchment gathered at Brockhampton Hall for a training day on floodplain meadows funded by Environment Agency and Wye Valley AONB. Mark Wood and Chris Hudson hosted the day and provided delicious grass fed beef lunch ( and showed us meadow restorations underway on the floodplain at Fawley… Read more →

April 2023 newsletter

here is the link to our April 2023 newsletter with articles about Wilder Herefordshire Project Fernhall, Brilley and Wellington Heath churchyard Local Wildlife Sites Upcoming events WWF video made in Herefordshire and starring HM farmers and team Meadows Newsletter April 2023 Read more →