Rory Johnson

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 →

September Newsletter

All of this year’s meadow seed harvest had been dried, cleaned, weighed and distributed by the end of August, and at the start of September we began the exciting next stage of our restoration projects: to prepare the sites and begin spreading seed. We also hosted our first FORUM since 2020 and our first AGM since becoming a registered charity. … Read more →

August Newsletter

Welcome to our August Newsletter.  After a dry month and record-breaking heat in June we have been treated to one of the wettest Julys on record, and a very difficult year for making hay.  Our seed harvesting plans have also been very disrupted, but with the occasional dry day we have managed to harvest from all our intended donor sites… Read more →

Meadow Walk at Brookmead and Colwall Village Garden

We had fantastic weather and a full house again for our penultimate summer meadow walk at Brookmead and Colwall Village Garden. Lindsay Williams, owner of Brookmead and Trustee of Colwall Orchard Group, kindly led the tour that took us to four fields all restored in 2019 with support from Herefordshire Meadows and funding from Plantlife and the Prince of Wales’… Read more →

July Newsletter

Welcome to our July Newsletter. After record-breaking temperatures this June, we have ended the month with some much-needed rain.  With the meadows fast setting seed we are looking forward to a month of seed harvesting this July, with 8 donor sites due to be visited and over 60ha of receptor sites being prepped for restoration this year. Herefordshire Meadows have… Read more →

Herefordshire’s Coronation Meadow 10 years on – National Meadows Day walk at Sollers Hope

To celebrate National Meadows Day 2023 Fiona Fyshe gave us a tour of the beautiful meadows at Sollers Hope on Friday 30th June.  In 2015 this 3.6ha site at Hurstans received brush harvested seed from Joans Hill Coronation Meadow, a Plantlife nature reserve.  The hay meadow now boast a healthy population of Green Winged Orchids as well as many other… Read more →

Bumblebee ID Training Day at Croft Castle

On 27th June Dr Richard Comont from the Bumblebee Conservation Trust led an afternoon of bumblebee identification and survey training, in the beautiful grounds of Croft Castle.    Time was spent netting and potting bumble bees on the fields that were restored with the help of Herefordshire Meadows in 2019, and in the walled garden where conditions were more favourable on… Read more →

Open Meadow Event at Eardisley Castle

On June 18th 2023, a one hectare meadow, which forms part of the complex layout of Eardisley Castle, an Historic England scheduled ancient monument layout was opened to the public to raise money for the Hereford Choral Society.   The meadow was created in 2020 as part of the Pollinator Meadows Project, with the support of Herefordshire Meadows, Plantlife and… Read more →