Meadow Creation and Management

Species rich hay bales being strewed on Bridford Trust’s community meadow
Species rich hay bales being strewed on Bridford Trust’s community meadow

Whether you want to know how to restore a grassy field to make it more flower rich, or if you are planning on making your garden lawn into a flowering meadow, find some inspiration here.

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orchids

Beginners’ Guide

Answers to frequently asked questions from people starting out

Meadow grasses

How to Create a New Meadow

You’ve a rye grass pasture and you’d like more wildflowers? Or you’re interested in creating species rich grassland on ex arable land?

A meadow

How to Restore a Meadow

Meadow expert Sue Everett tells you how to restore a grassland back to a species rich meadow

A buttercup lawn

How to Create a Meadow in Your Garden

A simple guide to turning your lawn into a wildlife-friendly garden meadow

Wild Carrot, Daisies and Vetches

Types of Meadow

A guide to some of the different kinds of meadow you can find on Dartmoor

cinnabar moth caterpillars on ragwort

Have a Question?

What’s that plant in my meadow? When should I cut if I want to help butterflies? How can I manage my bracken problem? Has anyone got any yellow rattle seed?