Making hay in Green Park
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