Rory Johnson

Wyescapes; Food, Nature, Water

The Wyescapes project launched on 8th May with its inaugural meeting held on the banks of the Wye in Hereford. The project brings together 40 land holdings covering more than 4000 hectares of land along the river corridor, spanning the county of Herefordshire from north to south. The farmers and land managers are working to identify actions and changes they… Read more →

Meadow Making in the Malvern Hills

We are very excited to announce that we will be working with the Malvern Hills National Landscape this summer and autumn to support thirteen different grassland managers across the National Landscape with grassland surveying, soil sampling and grassland restoration works. In total we plan to carry out botanical surveys at 11 sites and will create just under 15ha of new,… Read more →

Winter Management workshop at Barns Farm

On 27th February Meadows Adviser, Rory Johnson, headed up into Shropshire to deliver a workshop on winter management practices for recently restored swards to a group of farmers and farm advisers at Barns Farm. The event was delivered in collaboration with Buglife who carried out extensive grassland restoration works at this recently acquired National Trust property last autumn as part… Read more →

We are looking for an Assistant Meadows Adviser to join the team – closing date 22 March 2024

Assistant Meadows Adviser – Herefordshire Meadows We’re looking for someone to join our small team of dedicated advisers: Advising landowners on meadow restoration, conservation and management. Raising awareness of the benefits of flower rich swards Expanding the profile of Herefordshire Meadows through website, social media and newsletters Supporting landowner knowledge exchange and improving skills through training and events. Flexible home… Read more →

New Funding Opportunity for Grassland Restoration Works

Herefordshire Council are working with Balfour Beatty Living Places, the Wye and Usk Foundation and Severn Rivers Trust, to deliver the Herefordshire Natural Flood Management (NFM) Project. We are very excited that species rich grassland creation has been included as one of the fundable NFM options in recognition of the positive impact deep-rooted broad-leaved herbs have on improving infiltration rates… Read more →

Winter Management Training and Seedling Safari 2023

A very big thank you to Jocelyn, Charlie and Sarah Finnigan who hosted this year’s seedling safari and winter meadow management training day at Homme House in Much Marcle Jocelyn, Charlie and Sarah have restored 5ha of species poor grassland using funds very generously provided by the Woolhope Dome Environment Trust and brush harvested seed from Plantlife’s Joans Hill Farm… Read more →

Kingspan Meadow Restoration project launched

We are excited to announce that, thanks to a generous donation from the former Kingspan Insulation Community Trust, we are able to support meadow restoration works next year across North Herefordshire. The following threshold criteria apply to all proposed sites: Minimum area 1ha (2.5 acres)    2. Needs to be able to have a hay cut and aftermath grazing.  … Read more →

Landscape Enhancement Initiative in the Wye Valley AONB – Call for Applicants

Do you manage land between Coughton and Marstow?  You are invited to Goodrich Village Hall, HR9 6HX November 8th 5 – 7 pm to find out about Funding opportunities for habitat enhancement such as flower rich grassland restoration and creation, wood pasture, hedge planting and restoration, orchard creation Free advisory visit to explore your objectives from local advisers AONB application… Read more →