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Princes Charles Announces Meadow Restoration Plan

Prince Charles will today announce plans to help safeguard British wildflowers by designating meadows in each county of the UK as ‘Coronation Meadows’.

The campaign, launched to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation, follows reports of dramatic declines in many of the UK’s meadow flower species.

The project, led by the Prince of Wales, will take seed and green hay from the designated meadows to recreate new ones.

Plantlife, the Wildlife Trusts and Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) also aim to compile the first full inventory mapping all the UK’s remaining wildflower meadows as part of the project. One Coronation meadow will be named in each county by the end of the year.

Wildflowers on Therfield HeathThe 60 meadows identified so far represent some of the UK’s “outstanding” wildflower meadows, according to the team. In Cambs, Chettisham Meadow has already been named as a Coronation Meadow, with Fancott Meadows named in Beds, Therfield Heath in Herts (pictured right) and Langdon Meadow in Essex. More information is available on the project’s website: www.coronationmeadows.org.uk

If you are feeling inspired by this project, don’t forget FWAG East offers advice and guidance on restoring or creating wildflower meadows on your land, so please join now or give us a ring on 01223 841507.

Did you know?

  • Green-winged orchids, found in lowland hay meadows, have decreased by 50% over the last 50 years.
  • Lesser butterfly orchids and greater butterfly orchids have also declined by 60% and 47% respectively.
  • Sixty seven percent of distinctively-patterned fritillaries, which grow in meadows, have disappeared in the last few decades.
  • Meadow habitats have decreased by 97% since the 1930s.

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