Farm Walk with Herefordshire IAgSA

On June 13th, Meadows Adviser Rory Johnson led a farm walk with the Herefordshire branch of the IAgSA at Upper Pengethley Farm near Peterstow. The walk included a visit to some hay meadows which were enhanced in 2023 as part of Herefordshire Meadow’s Botanica project using seed from Joan’s Hill Meadow, the county coronation meadow. After going through the restoration process step-by-step the participants all had a go at identifying some of the broad leaved herbs and it was satisfying to see the increase in species diversity in the strips that were enhanced.

There was then some interesting and engaging discussion about grant schemes, the benefits of diverse swards for animal health and meat quality and much more. The evening was topped off by spotting the first common spotted orchid to reappear in the field in almost 40 years.