Making Meadows appeal

For the butterflies and the bees, the birds and the memories; with your support, we’re making more space for nature. Please donate to help us bring back the wildflower meadows we’ve lost from our countryside

A little girl explores a wildflower meadow at Rufford Old Hall, Lancashire

It’s National Meadows Day on Saturday 6 July 2019, but what if our nation's meadows disappeared forever? Thanks to your generous donations, we’re starting to create and restore 1,000 hectares of meadow land across the UK. But there's still more work to be done.

As a nation we’ve lost 97 per cent of wildflower meadows since the 1930s. This staggering loss has stripped our bugs, butterflies, small birds and mammals of their natural homes and contributed to a devastating decline in our wildlife population.

Donate to save more meadows

With your continued support, we want to create and restore flower-rich grass and meadowland habitats, so life and colour can flourish once again. Donate to our appeal, using the options below, and help bring back our magnificent meadows.

The figures are frightening, but you can help fight back

  • Since 1900, almost 1.6 million hectares of wildflower meadows have been lost
  • In the last decade alone, 72% of our butterflies have disappeared
  • The UK's turtle doves have suffered a 93% decline in population

Donate to Making Meadows appeal

Please select an amount

£15 could restore a patch of meadow of over 37 square metres
£30 could buy 6 small bales of green hay from local flower-rich fields, used to spread seeds across a new area of meadow
£50 could purchase about 40 yellow rattle flowers, ready for planting
Or enter your own amount
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Rescue plan for nature

Britain’s wildlife is in trouble; more than half of our species are now in decline. With your support, we want to bring nature's colour and buzz back from the margins of our countryside.

From Llanunwas in Pembrokeshire to Penrose in Cornwall, we aim to make the equivalent of over 33,000 Premier League football pitches worth of new wildlife habitats by 2025. But we need your support. Will you help us make more meadows by donating today?

Why meadows are so important

" Our newly restored meadows at Dunstable Downs are an island refuge for wildlife. Now alive with the buzz of bees and flutter of butterflies, the subtle shades of wildflowers build into a mosaic of colour. Deer and brown hares also use these vital fields as corridors. The longer you spend in the meadows, the more you discover."
- Anthony Lambert, Ranger
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Sights and sounds of creating a meadow


From the White Peak hay meadows, amid the sounds of skylarks and long grass swishing, Rachel Bennett, the National Trust’s Peak District lead ranger tells us what's being done to save these beautiful and vital wildlife havens.

Help us protect species like the large blue butterfly, the turtledove and the great yellow bumblebee before it's too late.

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We're a charity and rely on your donations to help our conservation work

Why give to the National Trust?

As a charity, we rely on the generosity of supporters to look after the outdoor spaces in our care. Not only do our supporters help to conserve beautiful landscapes and protect precious plants and wildlife. But they also ensure that future generations have places they can find freedom from everyday life, reconnect with the natural world and make memories to treasure. Your donation will go towards this project and other vital conservation work in the outdoors at this special place. With your support, we can continue to protect the irreplaceable. For ever, for everyone.

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