Me and my Meadow

Across Dartmoor and beyond, hundreds of people are managing many acres of wildflower-rich meadows as a habitat for a wide range of flora and fauna, all helping to create a living landscape across the region.

Meadow makers range from farmers passionate about nature-friendly farming, to private landowners with an acre or two who manage their patch as a nature reserve, to those with simple wild areas in their orchard or garden.

Bas and Rosemary Payne's meadow

Bas and Rosemary Payne

Clifford Bridge

Bas and Rosemary Payne let the grass grow up in a wild area of their garden and were bountifully rewarded - with many wildflowers, butterflies, slow worms and more.

Nicky Scott's green roof, Chagford

Nicky Scott’s green roof

Chagford

A meadow on a roof, inspired by those found on wooden cabins in Norway.

Mary Staniland in her meadow, Buckland-in-the-moor

Mary and Charles Staniland

Buckland-in-the-Moor

Four acres of species-rich meadows at Buckland-in-the-Moor that were just waiting for a change in the management in order to reveal their natural treasures.

Meadow at Carrapitt Farm, Bridford

Geoff Hearnden

Carrapitt Farm, Bridford

A working farm that has evolved over 40 years into a nature reserve, including turning ten acres of agriculturally improved rough grassland into a species-rich wet meadow.

Green-winged orchids at Deer Park Farm

Audrey Compton and John Whetman

Deer Park Farm, Chudleigh

Nearly 40 acres of ancient grassland and hay meadows, supporting over 350 species of wild flowers, winner of the 'England Meadow and Grasslands Award' in 2015.

Young fawn in the meadow in Buckfastleigh

David and Jackie Crook

Buckfastleigh

David and Jackie have turned five acres of heavily grazed pony paddocks at Buckfastleigh into flower-rich grasslands alive with wildlife.

Scything at Pound Meadow, Chagford

Nicky Scott

Pound Meadow, Chagford

A four and a half acre community meadow in Chagford, previously grazed by sheep, now managed for its wildflowers and wildlife.

Buttercups and Yellow Rattle, bottom meadow, Cross Park

Chris Chapman

Wonson, near Throwleigh

Three acres restored from a sheep-grazed pasture into a haven for wildlife.

Cami

Cami and Jamie’s meadow

Dartington Estate

Cami Rose and Jamie Perrelet's stewardship of The Meadow, a wild pollinator and honeybee sanctuary, on the Dartington Estate, Totnes.

Haymaking at Bridford Trust haymeadow

Bridford Trust Hay Meadow

Bridford Woodland Park

An area of mixed woodland and grassy open spaces for community use, converted from farmland into a village green, but also including a hay meadow.

Steve Pollard in his meadow at North Bovey

Steve Pollard

Beetor Farm, North Bovey

The restoration of a species-rich down, which was cut for silage for many years on a working farm. In the last seven years it has been managed as a hay meadow with an ever-increasing abundance of naturally occurring flora, including three types of orchid.

November ponies in the meadow on Dartmoor

Ralph Mackridge and Jill Millar

Pudsham

A small two acre meadow at over 300 metres altitude.

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No matter where your meadow is, whether you have rolling acres or a mini-meadow in your garden, we'd love to hear about it. Fill out the form below and we'll be in touch to let you know what you need to provide.

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