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.

David Smart and Steve Wileman

Higher Coombe, Dartmoor

The magical evolution of an unremarkable sheep and pony paddock.

Robert Powell and Jane Emberson

Dousland, near Yelverton

Establishing patches of meadow and other habitats in a garden in west Devon brings in the wildlife

Angela and Paul Brassley

Ilsington

The transformation of a farmed field into a nature reserve.

Robin and Veronica Aaronson

Ideford

A labour of love: The restoration of a previously unmanaged flood plain meadow.

Rebecca and Chris Gethin

Higher Pudsham, Buckland-in-the-Moor

A former pony and goat paddock is now a wildlife sanctuary.

Donna and Kevin Cox

Buckfastleigh

Management of a variety of grasslands for the benefit of wildlife.

Jackie Parsons and Joe Kelly

Holne

A smallholding with a late summer species-rich meadow, used by ewes and lambs and much other wildlife.

Charlotte Parton and David Jenkinson

Broadhempston

The creation of a garden wildlife haven - a new wildflower meadow and nature pond, starting from scratch.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Pat Mead’s garden meadow

Dartington

How a grassy patch of lawn has been transformed into a bee haven.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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