Thursday, 21 August 2014

Wildflower meadow fun!

Each month, the community team meet for a sharing day, to catch up on news and learn from each other. This month’s sharing day taught us all about the wildflower meadow. Under the outstanding tuition of David, Anglesey Abbey’s Assistant Head Gardener, we perused the wildflower meadow, finding and identifying all sorts of flowers.

David and some of the community team

Contrary to what you may think, the wildflower meadow is not actually planted. Instead, the flowers have appeared after a change in the management of the area. Previously, the lawns were kept short, frequently mown and the cuttings left on the grass. This returned the nutrients to the soil, encouraging the growth of grass. By stopping this practice, all the seeds that were lying dormant in the soil were able to grow, replacing the grassy lawns with a beautiful array of wildflowers. 

With David’s help, we identified agrimony, bird’s foot trefoil, plantain, lady’s bedstraw and many more!

Bird's foot trefoil

But not content with just the flora, we also spotted a variety of creatures along the way. The butterflies were out in force and Kate managed to capture some stunning pictures (after a lot of patience!).

Small skipper

We also saw a host of interesting creepy crawlies, including a very friendly caterpillar and lots of crickets and grasshoppers.

Lotte and the very friendly caterpillar!

After lunch, the community team caught up with the community news. We discussed the family activity guiding taking place during the summer holidays. This year, there will be led activities on some days (including wild art, den building, storytelling and mini-beasting) run by our lovely volunteers, alongside all of the self-led activities which can be done at any time down at Hoe Fen. Overall it was a lovely day and a brilliant first sharing day for me!

Sophie Atkinson
Community Engagement Assistant
Anglesey Abbey

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Photography © Kate Boursnell

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