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Volunteering

Our enthusiastic volunteers continue to join us planting seeds and pricking out wild flower seedlings in the poly tunnel we meet on Monday Wednesday and Friday mornings and if you would like to join us please email us via the contact page. Our next outdoor socially isolated volunteer sessions are Wednesday 2nd June 6.30pm-7.30pm and […]

Species rich barn sweepings

A wonderful donation of three sacks of species rich ‘barn sweepings’ from hay from local species rich meadows donated by Cath and Bill Grayson, local conservation graziers. The barn sweepings will contain lots of fine meadow grasses, meadow buttercups, red clover eyebright and the fine seeds of orchids which appear as dust and have fallen […]

A meadow in creation…

Our brilliant volunteers turned out to plant 300 wild flower plug plants in an isolated plug planting session, in addition to growing them too! This brings the total of wild flowers planted to 550. Thank you all. Volunteers also cleared the site of two big sacks of old baler twine and baler plastic wrap Thank […]

Getting the Buzz

The first community plug planting gets underway on the meadow with Common knapweed, a plant we selected for our logo planted first. This project to grow plug plants has been sponsored by The Areti Charitable Trust with support from Lancaster City Council. The Lune Hydro Trust grant has enabled us to purchase sharp sand and […]

WORKING IN THE POLY TUNNEL

Work in the poly tunnels continues with our ever increasing volunteer team, growing locally harvested wild flower seed as plug plants which will be planted onto the meadow with volunteer help. It is our long term aim to support other local wild flower projects too. If you would like to join us please get in […]

Wildflower plug planting gets underway

We have started wild flower plug planting for the meadow. The plugs will enhance the lower 1/3 of the site which was planted with wildflower seed from Bell Sykes Coronation Meadow and Gait Barrows Reserve in Autumn 2020. Thank you to Lancaster City Council for use of the poly tunnel space. We are growing once […]

Poly tunnel enables charity to grow wild flower plugs

A licence from Lancaster City Council has provided an excellent opportunity to enable the charity to grow wild flower plugs for Hermitage Field Community Meadow, other local wild flower areas and contribute wild flower plugs and seed of local provenance to the Councils own Grassland Management project. Funding from the Areti Charitable Trust has enabled […]

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Establishing a wild flower meadow…. the first steps.

Yellow rattle and Eye bright are used on meadow sites to reduce grass vigour. This year due to dry weather, and a wider interest in creating wild flower meadows rattle has been in shorter supply so we added a selection of wild flower seed to the lower section of the meadow. We are grateful to a donation of rattle from our friends Marianne and Andrew von Tucker, Graham Cleverly and Peter Blackwell from their local meadows. Some seed was gleaned from the Community meadow in the Crook O’ Lune. We are grateful to Forest of Bowland AONB for a generous seed donation from Bell Sykes Coronation meadow and to Natural England for allowing us to collect some seed from Gait Barrows Reserve. Once this meadow is established with seed of local provenance it is the aim of the charity to use seed from this site to enhance other local meadows. We are very grateful to all our donors. Thank you.