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A mown path winds through a designed meadow
Meadows

More and more people are becoming aware of the importance of meadows for wildlife and the beauty, interest and sense of peace and connection to the landscape they can bring to a garden.

Creating your own meadow can be a bit daunting, but we can help design a garden meadow that works for you.

These native wildlife havens have declined at an alarming rate in recent years. As the charity PlantLife says: “It took around 6,000 years to create the species-rich grassland for which the UK is globally famous, yet in less than a century we have lost 97%. And counting…”

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to be on nutrient-poor soil or chalk downland to grow a successful meadow. There are many different types of native grassland and arable farmland habitats that can be loosely grouped as meadows and that can be recreated in a garden setting.

We can help you discover the type of meadow best suited to your soil, garden style and how much time you want to spend looking after it. You don’t need acres of space and meadows can be invigorating carpets of colourful annual and perennial flowers loved by bees, or soothing swathes of grasses punctuated by native wildflowers.

Beth is a passionate advocate for garden meadows, having spent the past 15 years creating a species-rich meadow in her own garden that is now home to dozens of native orchids, nectar-giving wildflowers and the creatures they support.

The common spotted orchid in a downland meadow
A honey bee lands on meadow crane's-bill
A bee orchid in a Kent downland meadow
Annual wildflowers provide colour and interest in a designed meadow
A small apple orchard at the edge of a designed meadow
Meadows are havens for native wildflowers and wildlife
Meadows

More and more people are becoming aware of the importance of meadows for wildlife and the beauty, interest and sense of peace and connection to the landscape they can bring to a garden.

Creating your own meadow can be a bit daunting, but we can help design a garden meadow that works for you.

These native wildlife havens have declined at an alarming rate in recent years. As the charity Plantlife says: “It took around 6,000 years to create the species-rich grassland for which the UK is globally famous, yet in less than a century we have lost 97%. And counting…”

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to be on nutrient-poor soil or chalk downland to grow a successful meadow. There are many different types of native grassland and arable farmland habitats that can be loosely grouped as meadows and that can be recreated in a garden setting.

  • Rosebay willowherb in a downland meadow
  • Speedwell in a designed downland meadow
  • An orchard on the edge of a downland meadow
  • Wild sorrel seed heads in a designed downland meadow
  • Red clover and grasses in a downland meadow
  • Wild poppy flowers
  • Wild plantain flower in a downland meadow
  • Oxeye daisy and meadow grasses
  • Common knapweed blooms from June to September
  • A downland meadow rich in diverse grass species
  • A designed meadow is a haven for insects
  • Buttercup. An early coloniser of a meadow
  • A bell tent in a designed meadow
  • Apple trees bordering a flower rich meadow
  • Annual planting in a designed meadow

We can help you discover the type of meadow best suited to your soil, garden style and how much time you want to spend looking after it. You don’t need acres of space and meadows can be invigorating carpets of colourful annual and perennial flowers loved by bees, or soothing swathes of grasses punctuated by native wildflowers.

Beth is a passionate advocate for garden meadows, having spent the past 15 years creating a species-rich meadow in her own garden that is now home to dozens of native orchids, nectar-giving wildflowers and the creatures they support.

The common spotted orchid in a downland meadow
A bee orchid in a Kent downland meadow
Annual wildflowers provide colour and interest in a designed meadow
A honey bee lands on meadow crane's-bill
A small apple orchard at the edge of a designed meadow
Meadows are havens for native wildflowers and wildlife

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