Mak­ing hay in Green Park

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THIS week sees the cre­ation of the 90th new Corona­tion Meadow —an ini­tia­tive con­ceived by The Prince of Wales in the year of The Queen’s Di­a­mond Ju­bilee—in a rather more ur­ban set­ting than most of the other 89. It will be in Green Park, London W1, and will be named The Queen’s Meadow to mark her 90th birth­day this year. The new mead­ows are be­ing cre­ated from seed har­vested from 88 an­cient ‘donor’ sites across Eng­land and Wales.

Shire horses have been used to har­row the ground and rare-breed sheep to graze it and chil­dren were in­vited to scat­ter yel­low rat­tle seed, which helps to thin other grasses and al­low wild­flow­ers to grow.

The project, a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Plantlife, the Wildlife Trusts and the Rare Breeds Sur­vival Trust, aims to re­vi­talise the tra­di­tion of Bri­tain’s hay mead­ows, most of which have been lost since the Sec­ond World War.

The new Corona­tion Meadow at Ty­d­dyn Afon, Conwy

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