SGCT contractors baled the wild flower rich green hay from Ropewalk and Wilderness meadows and transported it to Preston Montford Field Studies Centre near Shrewsbury. Forty volunteers came to spread the green hay in a party to help create Francesca’s Meadow, as celebration of the life of Francesca Griffith, a well known local ecologist and environmental specialist, who was the partner of our designer Mike Ashton. The meadow will become a fabulous teaching resource at this high quality environmental education centre, which runs courses for anyone from all over the UK. The evening finished with a short explanation about traditional hay meadows by Professor Ian Trueman from Wolverhampton University, Sian Edwards, an ecologist, and Russell Rowley, SGCT Manager, followed by a party with beer, sausage rolls, salad and cake as the sun set on a wonderful evening. We wer grateful to Adrian Pickles FSC Head of Centre for his warm hospitality and to all who came to support the event. Next year we will be helping teach tradional hay scything on this meadow.

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