Hay Meadows

hay meadows 1 of 1Hay meadows were once a common sight throughout the locality, as elsewhere in Britain, but are now confined to small pockets of grassland. Traditionally mown to make hay in July and then grazed with livestock, they support many different plant species and are at their best during June and early July.

The Trust manages some important meadows, including the Ropewalk Meadow. This small but spectacular field at upper Coalbrookdale is home to a wealth of flowering plants including Common Spotted Orchids.

Because so few farmers now make hay, silage is much more common and the Trust works with local contractors to manage the fields. To make the bales, they use modern machinery to ensure that the fields continue to get the best possible management cutting the grass after the  majority of plants have seeded in July, thus ensuring next year’s richness. This is followed by light grazing by Soay sheep.

Eyebright at Wilderness Meadow



Russell RowleyRussell Rowley

Trust Manager

Nathan MorrisNathan Morris

Countryside Officer

Cadi PriceCadi Price

Community Development Officer

Severn Gorge Countryside Trust
Darby Road

Telephone: 01952 433880
Email: staff@severngorge.org.uk

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